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.
- 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?
- 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?
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.
- 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.
97 Woodboure Road
Isle of Man
+44 1624 631947