Fostering is about looking after other people’s children when they are unable to remain with their own families.

Foster care provides a safe, secure and stable environment for children and young people.

We work with children, young people and their families to help them, where possible, to return home or to move on to a permanent and secure placement.

Foster carers can provide care to children and young people for a few days, weeks, months or even years depending on their needs.

Please click here to read our fostering information pack

Could you support a family with a child with a disability?

  • Short Break Fostering  - Helping to make lives easier in Stoke-on-Trent

Do you have time, energy and patience? We are in urgent need of foster carers to provide short breaks for children with disabilities, to help support their families.

Stoke-on-Trent Fostering Service offers an allowance to care for the child, local 24-hour support along with comprehensive, high quality training. You do not need to live in the city, but ideally you would need to be within a reasonable travelling distance.

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Want to find out more?

Come along to an information evening, ring the recruitment team on: 01782 234555 or email: to talk to members of the recruitment team about short break fostering with a service rated by Ofsted as 'outstanding'. Or use our online contact us form (click here).

Who can apply to foster?

  • Anyone who is over 21 can apply. 

You don’t have to have a big house, be in employment, be a couple, or have children of your own.  It doesn’t matter if you are married, divorced, single, in a same sex relationship or living with your partner.

If you are living with someone in a relationship we would like you to have been living together for at least two years.

It is important to remember that we are not simply looking for people who have had straightforward lives.  We consider your family history sympathetically.  We want to know how you have dealt with difficult experiences and what you have learned.  Having survived and learned from difficulties or losses is likely to be helpful in fostering children and helping those who have had their own problems.  It is best to talk to us and we can advise about your suitability to foster.

You need time, patience, tolerance, resilience and energy. A sense of humour goes a long way too.

Foster caring for a range of circumstances

  • Short term which can be anything from overnight to several months. Your goal may be to help the child back to his or her own family as soon as possible or helping a child to move on.
  • Long term this is when children are unable to return to live with their family, but may want to remain in touch with them. You will be including a child as a complete member of your family. You will be caring for them throughout their childhood and helping them gain the skills they need to eventually leave home.
  • Respite and Family Link this can be for a child with disabilities to give their family a break or to provide care during weekends and school holidays for children returning from residential school.

It is also to provide support to long term placements for foster carers and their family.

Check out our fostering videos :

Welcome to Stoke Fostering

What happens when you contact us?

Fostering Home Visits

The Assessment Process

Training and Developing Your Skills

Young Peoples' Panel

Fostering Panel

Ongoing Support

What our Foster Carers Say

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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