Who can become an Enhanced Foster Carer?


Sunbeam Fostering Agency is one of the largest independent fostering agencies in the UK. We welcome foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and all ages. We importantly look for carers that are committed to working with vulnerable children. Fostering will provide you with an opportunity to change a child’s life for the positive future, which is a shared focus between Sunbeam and all our carers.

Easy to understand

ARC is easy to understand and we believe those individuals who have a keen interest in the psychology of parenting will do well to put themselves forward. We provide a high level of support and guidance to foster carers to ensure they have a greater belief in their ability to practice fostering within the ARC Enhanced parenting model.

Spare bedroom

Prospective foster carers must have a spare bedroom and for their home to lend itself to a calm Enhanced environment. Enhanced carers are to be either full time at home or have minimal competing demands.

Level of parenting

It is desirable for prospective foster carers to hold a level of parenting experience or have worked with children / young people or vulnerable adults. However we do have Enhanced carers who hold no prior experience and are doing exceptionally well within this new career.

Fostering household

It is also desirable that the fostering household has no younger children living in the household. It is also important that we seek applicants who are able to offer a long term commitment to children and young people.

Becoming an Enhanced foster carer requires someone who has experience or the willingness to develop skills in trauma led care.

We are proud and excited to welcome foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and all ages to join our dynamic team.

For foster carers to provide an effective therapeutic fostering placement, a foster carer will need to be:

  • Committed to supporting the most vulnerable children and young people.
  • Provide a secure and consistent environment.
  • Willing to learn all about the child or young person and understand how best to support their emotional, psychological and social development.
  • Understanding in the deeper reasons for a child’s behaviour.
  • Adopt the ARC therapeutic programme within the home.
  • Have at least one spare bedroom.

Fostering with Sunbeam will provide you with an opportunity to change many children’s live and open a path for a positive future, which is a shared focus within entire Sunbeam family.

If you think Enhanced foster care is the right path for you, our friendly team our on hand to provide you further information. Simply get in touch today to find our more.