Children in the North West and Yorkshire need loving foster families. Can you become a foster carer with your local authority and help local children achieve their ambition?  Take a look at our stories and find out more about what fostering means for children near you.

If you'd like the opportunity to chat with someone about fostering there are information events across the region. To find one near you take a look at our events page.

Skelmersdale drop in event

25th October, 2017

Come along to our fostering information stand and speak to a friendly member of the team. No need to book, just turn up.

9am - 11am

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Preston information evening

15th November, 2017

Our information evenings are informal and give you the chance to have a chat with social workers who are experienced in fostering.

We'll tell you a bit about becoming a foster carer and how we can support you. We'll also show some short video clips. Some of our foster carers will be there to share their experiences and answer any of your questions.

The information evenings run from 6pm to 7.30pm.

There is no need to book but please arrive promptly as the presentations start at 6pm.

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Kelly and David foster local children

We are foster carers for Bury Council.  We have been approved carers for 2 1/2  years however previously we were carers with an independent agency.  We decided to transfer to Bury Council in July 2015 as we were keen to have more regular placements and develop our fostering career.

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Sheila gets support from her local authority

Regular visits, being part of a team and personalised support for both Sheila and her foster son Tom* – that’s the benefits of fostering for Salford City Council. 

Sheila, who began fostering four years ago with a private agency, said the support she now receives from focus in comparison to the agency is excellent.

“My cousin fostered so it was always something I wanted to do and went to the same agency they were with,” said Sheila who lives in Manchester.

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Excited to see entries for our competition coming in - find out more here: https://t.co/Z8xmL9RDMr
25 September 2017 - 15:12
We’re chuffed to have ‘Queen of Teen’ award winner on our panel https://t.co/Am8yK0pwWd
24 September 2017 - 19:00
Are you fostering a young person with a passion for creative writing? Help them enter https://t.co/XDNzuBdW5O
23 September 2017 - 11:45