Fostering disabled children

The disability and complex needs team is a specialist service within fostering and adoption. We provide support for disabled children and young people, and their families.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Leeds requires carers who can foster or adopt children with additional needs.

We aspire that all children should be cared for in ordinary families and should not be placed in a residential setting because of their needs. We are seeking people who can offer time to care for children with a wide range of additional needs including autism, learning disability, physical impairments and health needs.

Some carers look after babies and young children with uncertain prognosis, or children with health needs such as tube feeding. Others care for active children who need lots of stimulation and activities, or have physical needs. 

Some children need short term care, or support to help them return to their birth families. Others need foster carers who can offer them a family through childhood and beyond. They need understanding, sensitivity, warmth and care and as much contact as possible with the people and places that are important to them. You can help to shape a positive future for them by offering them your loving care, parenting skills and the support they need for their growth and development.

We welcome all backgrounds and circumstances; you may be single, married and of any gender, religion or sexuality. 

This is what our carers say:

“He’s like a treasure box and all the treasure keeps pouring out with his achievements. It’s a nice glow to know you’ve helped”.

“Fostering can be challenging... But after a difficult day he smiles at me and I feel re-energised.”

Short breaks carers

We also need carers with at least one weekend every six weeks to share with a child. Our short breaks carers offer a fun environment for the child with opportunities to enjoy new experiences, activities and relationships. The child and their family have a break with the parents feeling confident that their child is being well cared for. 

We support children and families with day care and are recruiting carers who can offer this. 

Whatever support you provide, you will be offered training specific to the child’s needs as well as having a named worker who will support you. Our carers receive a fee at Level 2 or above, depending on experience and the fostering allowance to care for the child.


You can find out more about short breaks for children with disabilities in our guide. (opens as a PDF)