Hear from real-life foster carers at our next online Q&A
To find out more about fostering, join our live online information event on Thursday 29 April at 7pm.
Put your questions to our experienced team and meet other carers who’ll be there to talk about their experience. Reserve your place on the Eventbrite website.
Meet local hero, Eliza
Eliza has been fostering for Lambeth for twenty years. She has always fostered children over 11 years old as she found caring for children with more independence made things easier for her to continue working full time.
Eliza recalls “I once cared for an unaccompanied asylum seeker from Sierra Leone who had become pregnant. She stayed with me until the baby was 18 months old and ready to move to semi-independent housing.”
“I encouraged her to go back to school and helped her get a nursery place to continue her studies. She went on to University to study Social Science and is now working at St George’s hospital, living in her own place. Still to this day we keep in touch and she feels like part of the family.”
On her experience of caring for a mum and baby, Eliza says “The important thing about helping a new mum and baby in the early stages is to be encouraging and guide them, but not take over. Look for signs when they need a break as well as when they just need you to observe.”
For other carers or people considering a parent and child placement, she shares these encouraging words “Go for it! But you do need to make sure you have boundaries and respect for one another. Provide a safety net, so they know they can come to you when they need too. This takes patience, understanding, empathy and sympathy. And be yourself.”
Hear from our foster carer heroes
Who can foster?
To become a Lambeth foster carer you must be over 21 years old, have a spare bedroom, be a full-time resident in the UK (or have indefinite leave to remain) and have good spoken and written English.
Who makes a good foster carer?
People who make good parents and child carers are varied and Lambeth welcomes people from every walk of life. You may have experience of raising your own children or supporting them through your work.
The important thing is that you have the patience and dedication to support children who have been through a lot and during what can be a very challenging time in their lives.
What support will I receive?
We offer foster carers competitive fees and allowances. We also provide extensive training, you’ll become part of our large community of carers and our dedicated social team will be here to support you every step of your journey. See what else makes Lambeth special.
Find out more about becoming a foster carer
To take your first steps to become a carer for Lambeth, there are many things you can do: