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.

Fostering information stand Burnley

28th July, 2018

Our community events take place in informal settings across Lancashire, including venues such as libraries, leisure centres and supermarkets. Our display stand is staffed by our friendly fostering team and/or our foster carers, who are there to answer your questions about fostering. You don't need to book an appointment for our community events, just come along on the day and have an informal chat with us.

10am - 3pm

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Blackburn information evening

6th September, 2018
Blackburn with Darwen

Come and meet our team and find out more about fostering for Blackburn. We'll be able to answer your questions and help you decide if fostering is right for you and your family.

5.30pm - 7pm

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Kelly and her family foster teenagers and young children

Also teenagers will always remember you and the help you have given them when they become adults. That means a lot.
Letting teenagers into your home helps them to understand what it’s like to be in a loving family. The teenage years can be difficult enough as it is for young people, and those in foster care need to be shown a positive family experience to see how it can help them. As a foster carer myself, I think fostering teenagers is even more rewarding. Teenagers need as much love, care and protection as the little ones do.

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Barbara takes mother and baby placements

It is a big responsibility accepting a mother and baby into your home but there is so much value in doing it.  You become their mentor; the person they need to be able to trust and rely on.  It can be quite scary at first, for all of us.  Inviting new people into your home, for it to also become their home, means they need to feel comfortable, relaxed, safe and secure. They need to feel free to use domestic appliances, you need to make sure you don’t feel as though you are losing control in your own home - it’s important to get the balance right.

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