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Fostering a child

Can you help make a real difference to a young person's life at a time when they need it most? Make a difference... become a foster carer.

In County Durham, we need foster carers who can provide children and young people with the love, security and stability that family life can offer.

Interested in fostering?

Find out more about the fostering processask about fostering online or come to one of our fostering information events.

Why children need foster carers

There are lots of reasons why children need foster carers, often it's because of problems at home and they need someone to look after them while social workers and other professionals are working with their family.

Foster carers are needed to care for children for a few nights, weeks, months or even the rest of their childhood, supporting them into adulthood.

Fostering is fun, fulfilling and hugely rewarding. Although it can also be exhausting and frustrating, most of our foster carers say it is the most satisfying and worthwhile job they've ever done. 

Different types of fostering

There are some great options available to you if you are looking to foster with us. We will work with you throughout the process and help you choose the right type of fostering for you. Find out more about the different types of fostering.

Who can become a foster carer?

Almost anyone can apply to become a foster carer, you don't need any special qualifications, it's your experience and outlook on life that's most important. Check out our Fostering frequently asked questions.

If you have a patient and understanding nature and the desire to give a young person the kind of care that will make a real difference to their lives, then contact us by filling in the Make a general enquiry about adoption or fostering form.

What are the children like?

Every child is different but all have one thing in common: they are going through an unsettled period and are trying to cope with lots of changes in their lives.

Often they are in care because of a family problem. They are likely to be feeling upset, bewildered, nervous or perhaps frightened. Every child brings their own set of circumstances and experiences and will react in their own way. Whatever the circumstances, the children will be separated from their parents and will need foster carers to help them at a difficult time. 

Support for foster carers

As a foster carer, you will never be left on your own to cope. We offer a range of professional support to our foster carers, including on-going training and financial support. We also offer support to the foster children and any children you already have. See our fostering support pages for more information.

Contact us
03000 269 400
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • Spectrum 8
  • Spectrum Business Park
  • Seaham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • SR7 7TT
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