Live in West Yorkshire and thinking about fostering? Contact your local authority first

Fostering for your local authority comes with a number of benefits. We have decades of experience, we offer you great levels of preparation, training and support and offer a competitive financial package.

We also offer a professional, friendly service to help you through the process from registration to placement and beyond. To hear first-hand from foster carers watch the video here, read some real life case studies and about the different types of fostering to see what would best suit you and your circumstances.

If you want to find out more… just click the contact us button above to get in touch with your local council. So many of our foster carers tell us that they wish they had gone in to fostering sooner, so don’t delay, get in touch today!

Why foster for your local authority?

By fostering for your local authority you ensure that all of our financial resources go directly into supporting children and young people. There are no additional 'agency costs'.

About fostering

Foster carers provide care for children and young people in their home, whilst their own family are unable to look after them. Foster carers may be needed for just a few weeks, months or much longer.

Lots of children return home to their families, so foster carers need to be able to work with parents and other family members as well as professionals with responsibilities for our looked after children.

Why do children need fostering?

Foster carers play a vital role in caring for vulnerable children and young people who are unable to live with their parents for a number of reasons; this can be so their own families have time to sort out their difficulties such as illness or depression, but sadly many foster children will have suffered abuse or neglect at some point in their lives. This can be a very difficult time for them when they need lots of support and care.

Types of fostering

Short term fostering - Children in short-term fostering placements need support until they return to their families or move to longer-term planned placements, including adoption. Children who need this type of support are across the age range - from babies and infants up to teenagers. This can be anything from a few weeks, months up to about two years.

Long term fostering - Long-term fostering provides placements for children and young people, often until they reach young adulthood, allowing a child to grow up in a safe, secure environment.

Other types of fostering - there are lots of different children needing different levels of support, requiring different skills sets from carers. These can range from looking after a child in an emergency, to caring for a young person just at weekends, to supporting a young mum with a baby and caring for children with varying levels of disabilities.

Who can foster?

If you’re wondering what kind of people get involved with fostering, it’s people like you.

The main things that we ask is that you have a spare bedroom for a foster child and that you don’t smoke if you want to foster a child under five.

We’re looking for more families who can offer care to kids, from babies to teenagers. Whatever your marital status, your sexuality, whether you’re young or old, rent or own your home… if you can offer a child a safe, secure home we’d love to hear from you.

You’re never on your own when you foster – there’s lots of support and training available.

Existing foster carers are happy to talk to you if you want to hear first hand what it’s like to foster, and with guidance from a council social worker this can help you to decide whether fostering is right for you and your family.

Contact Telephone Numbers

For information and helpful advice, please contact:

Bradford Council: 01274 434331

Calderdale Council:
01422 256053 (Mondays and Tuesdays) and 01422 266029 (Wednesday to Friday)

Kirklees Council: 0800 389 0086

Leeds Council: 0113 37 83538

Wakefield Council: 0800 197 0320