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Adoption and fostering information


Information, support and advice on adoption in the Isle of Man is available from:


Right now there are children in the Isle of Man who need the support of foster carers to help bring some stability into their lives. You can make a difference now, join Fostering First and help vulnerable children thrive within their community.

Could you:

  • help a child cope during a difficult time?
  • offer understanding and nurture to a child who may show their emotions through their behaviour?
  • give time and commitment to helping a child adjust to being part of your family?

Do you:

  • want to work as part of a team with Fostering First to support the interests of children?
  • want to benefit from our support and training to help develop your skills and confidence in the fostering role?

Drop-in sessions

Fostering First are holding a series of drop-in sessions which will run throughout the year in order to make it easier for individuals to pay a visit and learn a little more about fostering.

These sessions take place at Bourne House, 97 Woodbourne Road, Douglas.

2015 Sessions

  • Friday 27 November, 12pm to 2pm 
  • Wednesday 16 December, 4pm to 6pm 

Who can foster?

Foster carers come from all walks of life.

  • tt is OK to be married, divorced or single, or co-habiting
  • you need to be over 21, if you are coming up to retirement or just starting out we want to hear from you
  • age is not as important as the ability to care for a child
  • some carers have children and some do not
  • some carers are home owners and some are not

What is involved?

There is a need for many different kinds of care for children and young people, which fall into 4 broad categories:

  • Short term: This is when you take a child into your home where often the plan for the child is an eventual return home. Timescales can be from a few weeks to several months
  • Long term: This is when children are unable to return home and need a long term permanent home
  • Emergency: This is when a child comes into care suddenly, they will remain with you usually for a short while until further plans have been made for them
  • Respite care: This is providing regular care to children for short periods of time as a support to birth families or other foster carers

How Fostering First can support you

At Fostering First we will provide you with:

  • a comprehensive foster care preparation programme to help you develop your fostering knowledge and skills
  • ongoing training packages through your fostering career
  • financial remuneration to cover the expenses of caring for a child
  • a fostering link worker who will visit at regular intervals to support you in your fostering role

About Fostering First

Fostering First was established in April 2010 following the signing of a contractual agreement between the Department of Social Care and The Children’s Centre. See 'related links' for more information.

The Fostering First Team

Bourne house

97 Woodboure Road


Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 631947

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