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 19 November 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 here

You can also call 020 7926 8710, email fosteringduty@lambeth.gov.uk or arrange a call-back here

Lambeth’s appeal for help

At Lambeth we are passionate about the difference that foster care makes to the lives of children and young people in care. But foster care doesn't just transform the lives of the young people who are fostered, it also has the power to change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering.

The coronavirus pandemic is still causing widespread disruption throughout the country, and the world. Many of us are self-isolating, working from home, or supporting others who might be doing so. The need for foster carers is now more than ever. Our Fostering Team are continuing to appeal to local people with a spare room and the capacity to care for a vulnerable child to consider stepping forwards during this crisis.

Meet local hero, Eloise

Eloise is one of Lambeth’s long serving foster carers of 20 years - she is a wonderful example of a dedicated, single foster mum who looks after children aged 11 to 18 years old.

We asked her where it began. “I was inspired by a friend of mine who was a carer. I’ll never forget one day, one of her children asked me if they could come and live with me. I said no, they asked me why not.

“Also my son kept asking if he could have a brother or sister! He was around 12 at the time I started. He’s now 32 and my back-up carer. My foster children see him as a big brother. Growing up with other children was a very positive experience for him”.

On fostering for Lambeth she explains: “There’s so much support. You have the child’s social worker, the London Foster Carer Association, the mentoring programme, our support group of other carers and the Team Manager. You also have a back-up carer and can access respite for paid breaks. There’s always lot of people you can reach out to."

Eloise says to anyone thinking of taking up fostering themselves: “If you have a passion for children, go for it! You don’t do it because it’s easy, just like being a parent. You’re enhancing your family and helping the next generation to be the best. And the best thing for me is that your own family just grows and grows.”

Meet more of our foster carers and find out what has motivated more people like you to step forwards during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hear from our foster carer heroes

Who can foster?

To become a Lambeth foster carer, there are only a few basic criteria you must meet. 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
  • have good spoken and written English

You don’t have to own your own home and we welcome couples or individuals from every walk of life.

Find out more about becoming a foster carer

To take your first steps to becoming a carer for Lambeth, there are many things you can do: