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Foster carers provide a safe and stable place for children and young people – and can have a positive effect on them for the rest of their lives. Not only that, but giving your time, love and understanding to a foster child can have a profound effect on the foster parents, too. You’re sure to learn something different from every child. 

Children who are fostered are unable to stay with their own families, for lots of different reasons and as a foster carer you would look after them for a few days, weeks, months or sometimes years – depending on what the child needs – until they can go home, or find a loving permanent family.

There are lots of myths about fostering and the truth is there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ foster parent, so if you have been considering taking the step to making a difference in a child’s life, we want to hear from you. After all, we were all children once and remember the people who made a positive difference in our lives.

It doesn’t matter if you are married, divorced, single, in a same sex relationship or living with your partner, although if you are living with someone in a relationship we would ideally like you to have been living together for at least two years.

Childhood is an exciting and sometimes difficult time, and you would play a big part in their lives, helping to teach them the skills to be as happy and successful as possible. Whatever your own experiences, we would love to hear from you. The way you may have dealt with difficult situations or losses could make you a great person to provide help and a safe place for a child to grow and flourish.

And you don’t have to have had children of your own: just patience, empathy and lots of energy. Please call us on 01782 234234 or e-mail so we can tell you more.

Please click here to read our fostering information pack

Do you have the energy, patience and compassion to host a short break for a child? Families which have a child with disability really benefit from having a break sometimes, to be able to look after themselves so they can keep giving their care and love to their child.

If you’re local (close to the city if not in it) and would like to make a difference to families by looking after a child with a disability for a short time, please get in touch with us.

For more information check out our fostering videos on our Fostering Films page

Want to know more? Contact us:

Office Opening Times:
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm
Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Phone: 01782 234555

Fill in our online form: Click here to view

Fostering Team
Swann House
Boothen Road 

You can also click here to read our fostering information pack.

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