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.

Rochdale information event - meet out foster carers

21st March, 2018

Come and meet staff from our fostering team and foster carers from Rochdale.

4 - 8pm

Free parking, tea and coffee

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Blackpool information evening

11th September, 2018

Time – anytime between 5 - 7.30pm


Our friendly and experienced team regularly hold dedicated information events for those interested in fostering, come along and get the chance to:

- Find out about the fostering application process and get an insight into our services that are available to our foster carers and their families

- Learn about the types of foster care placements

- Have an opportunity to sit down and chat with one of our qualified and experienced team members, asking any questions you may have

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Leona and Chris foster children with complex needs

Leona and her husband Chris have been fostering children for over eight years alongside their two birth children.

“We always knew we wanted to foster,” Leona explains. “My husband was given up for adoption as a baby and had a really positive experience. We had so much to offer and have both always loved being around children so we thought we’d give it a go.”

Both Leona and Chris’s own children and foster children have special and complex needs.

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Mary fosters older children

Mum of three Mary always thought her first year in fostering would mean caring for a baby or child with special needs.

But when she was offered the chance to foster a nine year old boy, she and her family decided age didn’t matter – and say it’s one of the best decisions they ever made.

'Sam fitted in really well right from the start which was good. Everyone in the family adored him and he made new friends very quickly in this new area,' said Mary who took Sam in on a long-term placement. He will now stay with her until he reaches adulthood.

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