By fostering through your local authority you can help ensure children in your community get the best care locally.

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!

Foster carer events May 2014

Come and chat to your local foster carers at one of two events - 18th and 21st May 2014.

As part of this year's National Fostering Fortnight, all five council's in West Yorkshire – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield are joining forces again to help raise awareness about the crucial need for more foster carers for children in our region.

If you live in or near West Yorkshire, come along to one of our events where friendly staff and foster carers from all five fostering teams will be available to answer your questions about what it’s really like to be a foster carer and learn about the needs of the children that need a loving, stable home.

Event 1
Date: Sunday 18th May 2014
Time: 10 till 4pm (A brief introductory film will be shown at 10am, 12 & 2pm)
Venue: The Village Hotel South Leeds, Capital Blvd, Tingley, Leeds, LS27 0TS
(next to the M62)

Event 2
Date: Wednesday 21st May 2014
Time: 4pm till 8pm (A brief introductory film will be shown at 4pm or 6pm)
Venue: Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield/Halifax, Ainley Top, Lindley Moor Rd, Huddersfield,
HD3 3RH (Just off the M62)

There’s no need to book, just simply turn up!
We look forward to seeing you there.

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.