Be a foster carer

Could you give a loving foster home to a disabled child

Video describing Fostering a disabled child - a true story
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We always want to hear from people who are interested in becoming a foster carer for a disabled child or young person.

We'll give you flexibility, support and comprehensive training that's second to none.

Great reasons to join Scope

  • We're experts in supporting disabled children and young people, particularly those with complex health conditions and impairments.
  • We continually support you through assessment and approval and when you first foster a child. We go beyond the usual, accompanying on hospital visits, phoning regularly and making home visits.
  • We support you with advice about specialist equipment and aides and other services the child you're fostering may need.
  • We provide bespoke, continually updated training in caring for disabled children, covering such topics as feeding, sleep, behaviour and coping techniques.
  • Our foster carers support each other, providing respite care so you can have a break.
  • We have in-depth knowledge of local support networks, including our own services such as parent befriending, short breaks and sleep services.
  • We arrange social events and day trips where possible, and provide basics for when your child first arrives.

What it's like

Read our foster carer Sue's story on fostering two disabled boys.

Who can become a Scope foster carer?

Anyone can apply to be a foster carer. You can be any age, from any background and you don't need specific qualifications. You'll only need:

  • some experience of looking after children
  • willingness to learn from the training we'll provide
  • patience
  • commitment to meet a disabled child's needs.

Placement types

We match different types of placements carefully with your needs and lifestyle. These include:

  • short-term placements
  • long-term placements
  • shared care – a child lives with a foster carer part-time, and with their family or other carers for the rest of their time
  • bridging placement – a child lives with a foster family while a longer-term solution is arrived at
  • emergency placement – for a day to a few weeks
  • short breaks (respite care) – a weekend or a few days

Contact us

Use our Scope fostering contact form to let us know you'd like to find out more about fostering a disabled child, or call Heather Gardner on 0300 303 2962.

Currently we are only recruiting foster carers in the following areas: East Anglia including Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.