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Every 20 minutes a young person comes into care.

Could you give them a place to call home?

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See how fostering can change someone's life...

Become a foster carer and make a difference to a child’s life.

We would like you to join us and be part of a friendly, multi-skilled and highly valued team. We offer:

Excellent payments and benefits

Our payments and benefits reflect the value we place on our foster carers. Payments range from £400 to £740 per week, per child plus generous holiday and birthday allowances. See our payments section for more information.

Outstanding training and development

We provide excellent training and development programmes to help and equip you in your role as a foster carer.

Caring for local children

We need local people to care for local children so that they can continue to maintain links with their friends, family, and schools in their local community.

Local support

There are plenty of opportunities to meet up with other foster carers through support groups and our buddy scheme so you won’t feel isolated.

Want to know more? Find out about becoming a foster carer with Wiltshire Council.

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What Will You Be Paid?

We offer three payment levels for our foster carers:

  • Carer
  • Advanced
  • Specialist

To find out which level is right for you, take a look at our payments breakdown.

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Who Can Be A Foster Carer?

We work with foster carers from all walks of life.

We welcome applications from people of all religions, sex, genders, race, age, sexual orientation and marital status.

As long as you're...

  • over 21
  • have a spare room (or you can use your own bedroom, if you have space for a cot, to foster a baby aged up to twelve months)
  • healthy enough to meet the challenges and rewards fostering will provide

If that sounds like you... we'd love to hear from you.

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Have more questions? No problem... we're always on hand to help so just get in touch.

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There's a lot of support for you from Wiltshire Council, so if you have a wobble there's someone you can talk to. There's a good network around.

Mark, Foster carer

Fostering events

Wiltshire Council holds fostering events and online information sessions for people considering fostering.

See upcoming fostering events

Are you an existing foster carer? Transfer to us with minimum fuss.

If you’re an approved foster carer with another organisation you can transfer to become a Wiltshire Council foster carer easily. There will be no disruption for the children living in your care, you’re still able to transfer to us at any time and they can remain living with you.

The benefits of transferring to Wiltshire Council

  • Not for profit – our work is focussed on providing the best care for our children and young people
  • Generous payments up to £740 per week, per child
  • Children regularly living with you – our in-house foster carers will be approached first, so it’s rare for our foster carers not to have children living with them
  • Keep young people local
  • High-quality training and excellent support provided locally.
  • Free swimming and court hire; plus substantial discounts for gym and exercise classes for foster carers and their children at all Wiltshire Leisure Centres.
  • The Wiltshire Rewards scheme gives you access to a choice of savings and discounts from major supermarket chains, high street retailers, holidays and entertainment.

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