Interested in fostering in Scotland?
We want to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who is considering becoming a foster carer in Scotland. We know it’s a big decision, but here at Fostering People Scotland you can be assured you’ve found the right fostering agency to suit you.
We’re rated as ‘Very Good’ by the Care Inspectorate across all areas of our fostering services, so you can be assured you’ll receive the very best support from our friendly and enthusiastic team.
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Who are the children which need foster carers in Scotland?
There are over 14,000 children in care in Scotland. But the Fostering Network reports that there are just 3,800 foster families.
Children coming into care can be of any age, but 62% are over the age of 5.
How much do foster carers get paid in Scotland?
At Fostering People we offer a generous fostering allowance, on average £420 per week, per child. Some kinds of fostering, pay more depending on a child's needs. Not only this, but most foster carers pay little or no tax at all, due to generous HMRC tax allowances. You can find out more about our fostering allowances, tax and how foster may affect any benefit you receive here or you can try our calculator to see what you're annual income could be.
Foster care is a great direction to take in your life. Our foster parents see it as a rewarding role that allows them to help young people develop and grow while earning a generous allowance.
Providing excellent support to our foster parents is what Fostering People is all about. Our support has an outstanding reputation and is highly accredited.
Why fostering with Fostering People in Scotland?
We work with every local authority in Scotland providing great fostering placements for children of all ages from babies to young adults and we receive many hundreds of requests for family placements each year as there is a real shortage of foster carers in Scotland.
Fostering People Scotland is a not-for-profit independent fostering agency, and we are actively recruiting foster parents from Aberdeenshire to the Lothian’s as well as the West of Scotland, to care for children of all ages. Nationally across Scotland there is a particular shortage of foster parents who can care for siblings and for foster parents who are able to commit to a child on a permanent basis to bring stability and a forever family to a young person until they reach independence.
As a foster parent in Scotland you’ll be a member of a close knit, supportive and child-centred team. Our foster parents are never just a number, we know each and every one of them all personally. We always listen to what our families tell us. Here at Fostering People Scotland we are small enough that our families can influence how we operate whilst having the larger support of the wider Fostering People organisation.
Our experienced team not only know fostering professionally, we have members of our team who know what it’s like from personal experience too, either as foster parents themselves or because they have lived in a fostering family, enabling them to be able to support you with knowledge and compassion.
As a foster parent with us, you’ll be invited to attend our events and activities designed for the whole family. Previous activities have included trips to the zoo, baking competitions, parties, picnics, trampolining, go karting bowling.
Our commitment to 'The Promise' for Scotland's children and young people.
“At Fostering People Scotland, we have always been committed about ensuring all children and young people in our care feel loved, valued and respected, whilst also being ambitious for all our children’s futures. As such we support the recommendations to achieve lasting and positive change for children and young people in Scotland. We are committed to doing all we can to #KeepThePromise for Children and Young People in Scotland and are working hard to find ways we can implement and deliver the recommendations of the Independent Care Review within Fostering People Scotland”. Cassie Yeaman - Registered Manager.
of our Scotland foster parents feel their views and opinions are listen to.
of our Scotland foster parents are satisfied with Fostering People.
of our Scotland foster parents feel the training they have received has helped them to meet the specific needs of a child in their care.
I have been a qualified social worker for over 20 years and I have always worked with children, young people and foster carers. I began working with Fostering People in 2012, at that time we were just a new organisation with no foster carers, staff or even an office! I am really delighted with what we have achieved over the years and how we have been able to grow and develop the service. We now have a really experienced and hardworking staff team and many wonderful and committed fostering families providing outstanding care to children and young people. I feel very privileged to work with such amazing dedicated people!
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“Fostering People have been so supportive, the training they provide has been really interesting and every time you pick up the phone there is always someone there, the support has been amazing”.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more, then we’d love to hear from you.
Simply fill in the form below and one of our friendly team will be in touch.
Meet some of our foster parents
Pat's fostering story
September 28 2020
Pat has been fostering with Fostering People since 2015. Pat has worked with children for 40 years, most recently as a social work, working in education. But Pat wanted a change of direction and saw an advert for the Fostering People information evening.
Carol and John's fostering story
September 28 2020
Carol first found out about Fostering People through a friend, who works as a social worker. “A friend told me about the information evening so I went along. When I got there, I found there was no hard sell, the event was relaxed and welcoming and I felt comfortable”.
Debbie Lane completes 200km to raise money for animal charity
July 9 2021
Debbie Lane, Education, Administration & Recruitment Manager at Fostering People’s Dundee office walked an incredible 200km to raise money for the local animal charity, Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).
Care Inspectorate Advice to keep School and other Childcare settings safe
May 14 2021
The Care Inspectorate has sent through useful information to Children and Young People's Services to help advise and inform as we start to ease lockdown restrictions.
Keeping the Promise
February 22 2021
Cassie Yeaman, Registered Manager at Fostering People Scotland, outlines her commitment to #Keepthepromise for the Children and Young People of Scotland.
2019 Carer Survey Results for Fostering People Scotland
July 19 2019
We've recently asked our foster carers to complete a survey letting us know what they think about Fostering People across the whole spectrum of our service and we are please to be able to share the results with you.
First Minister visits Fostering People Scotland
March 14 2019
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland attended Fostering People Scotland’s Starfish group to meet with a group of children and young people to hear about their experiences of being Looked After in foster care.