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.

Preston information evening

13th December, 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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Blackpool information evening

5th December, 2017

Come along to one of our regular informal information evenings to find out more about fostering. The aim of the sessions is to help you decide whether to take the next step.

You don't have to attend the entire session, you can call in at a time that is convenient to yourself. Our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

5.00pm - 7.30pm

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Nichola and Gary have fostered babies and children

Nichola and Gary Wood, both aged 35, have been fostering for five years. Nichola said: "Our own children were growing but still felt we had more to give, plus my job at the time was a nursery assistant so I knew I loved that role of looking after children. I love watching them progress in confidence and self-esteem, and the feeling of pride when their relationship positively develops, it is such a rewarding role.

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Kim talks about being a foster carer in our short film

Hear about being a foster carer first hand; "You can achieve what you want to achieve!

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