New to fostering

What is fostering?

Fostering is when you look after someone else’s child in your own home for a certain period. It can be short-term or long-term fostering.

In addition to providing a safe and stable home for children, you will have to love and nurture them. It is also important that you build a strong positive relationship with the children in your care, based on good communication and trust.

Children come into care from a range of backgrounds and they all have different needs. To help them, you need to be understanding, open-minded and inclusive, and always willing to look past their actions to understand their behaviour. Fostering may be challenging at times, but we are on hand to advise and support you throughout your journey so that you can help local children.

Sign up for one of our information evenings  or read our inspiring fostering stories.