What is fostering?

Fostering is where you look after and care for children and young people who cannot live at home with their own families for a whole variety of reasons. They could stay with you for a few days, a few years or until the child reaches adulthood (18 or 21 if the child has a disability). During this time, you could make a big difference to their lives by listening to their needs, forming a stable relationship and providing a caring and loving home. There are many children and young people of all ages and backgrounds in Leeds who have been neglected and abused or who have experienced problems and trauma. And they need the support of foster carers from all walks of life who can offer care, affection and as full a family life as possible.

It’s not easy and there will be challenges. But we’ll provide you with fantastic training so you’ll be fully prepared. You’ll also receive fostering allowances and fees and be supported by a highly professional team of social workers who will be with you every step of the way.

Although you’ll be paid, fostering isn’t a job - it’s a vocation, which requires 24/7 commitment and care. There are many different types of foster care (full time, part time and specialist) and all kinds of different foster carers. So, do something extraordinary and take on the challenging but equally rewarding role of a foster carer and provide vulnerable children with a loving family home.