Men are good foster carers too


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Men play an important role in fostering and in the development of young lives. Children and young persons benefit from having a positive role model around whom they can trust. For many children in care living with a male foster carer will be their first positive experience of an adult male, giving them the chance to explore the formation of trusting relationships and having contact with men who understand their needs. 

Thousands of men are foster carers in the UK, either as part of a couple or as single carers. Yet many men are deterred from becoming foster carers because it has traditionally been perceived as a female profession, and men are often considered not to want to work with children.

We are encouraging more men to get involved with foster care. Fostering gives children in care, some of whom otherwise would not have this opportunity, the chance to have a positive male role model for support and guidance.

What resources are available to male foster carers and those interested in getting involved in fostering? The Fostering Network has online resources to help you or someone you know who would like more information about Men who Foster.

If you are considering fostering or know someone that is please contact us by calling +44 1702 59 77 97 or sending an email to