Some children are not able to live with their own birth family for a number of different reasons and therefore they need a safe place to live.

A foster home offers such children a safe place to live for a few days, weeks months or sometimes even years.

Fostering means providing a child with all the things that any family would, food , warmth, shelter, love, care, support with health and education.

You will need to support a child to attend school and any medical appointments that they may have. You will also be asked to attend and contribute to meetings. But you are never alone as your support social worker will help you. We also have the support of a mentor scheme where you can seek support from an experienced foster carer.  

Watch our latest fostering film

This five minute film tells the real life story of teenager Carl, his foster carer and his two younger sisters who are cared for by another couple. It briefly and honestly captures the highs and lows of fostering. Most importantly it shows, personal progress and depth of love that can come when foster carers support a child or young person through adversity.

Giving foster carers the support they need

Fostering is an extremely rewarding thing to do but is not without its challenges too. That’s why its really important to get good support and training for yourself.

We pride ourselves on the wraparound service that we offer to our carers through the support of experienced fostering social workers and comprehensive training provided

The process of becoming a foster carer takes about six months and we will be there to train, support and guide you in order to prepare you for your fostering career. 

Find out more about our training for foster carers