Become a Foster Carer

Your role as a foster carer

Day to day foster care is much like the daily routine of most families; taking children to school, making sure they do homework, watching TV together, taking an interest and offering comfort when needed.
As a foster carer you will also need to:

  • Act as an advocate for a child in care.
  • To deal responsibly with confidential information.

  • Work as part of a professional team and work with other professionals within guidelines, policies and procedures.

  • Attend and actively participate in all reviews, family meetings, case conferences and court hearings as required, and to keep written records of placements and contribute to reports.

  • Take up appropriate training opportunities and recognise the benefit of continued training.

  • Attend support groups to hear from other foster carers.

  • Find activities to do that the child enjoys. Help to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

  • Attend meetings and support the child in your care.

  • Help children manage their behaviour and feelings.

  • Attend training to help develop your skills to care and nurture.

We provide excellent support and training to our foster carers, which is why so many people choose to foster with the Isle of Wight Council.

Foster Carer allowance

Once approved by the Foster Panel, you will receive a weekly fostering allowance to cover day-to-day expenses, and a fee payment. There are additional allowances to help you with the summer holidays and celebrations See the allowances page for more details.

Next steps

By filling out our online initial enquiry form, you are expressing your interest in fostering. It might be that you are ready to start your fostering journey, or you have many questions about the application and assessment process, or want to know what it's like to be a Foster Carer. You are under no obligation to continue if you decide it is not for you.

Download our Fostering Service booklet (PDF, 12 pages, 2MB)