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Things to think about (fostering)

We are responsible for meeting the care needs of around 1,300 children and young people. Most of these children and young people are looked after by foster carers in Leeds. Fostering is essential in ensuring children are cared for in a safe, secure and stimulating environment, providing reassurance and support in a family setting.

Fostering can be demanding as well as rewarding and fun, and we believe it is essential to work closely together to help you make a success of what is, at times, a challenging commitment.

We need people to be enthusiastic and committed to fostering but it is also important to be realistic about what you feel you are able to offer. We can advise you on a range of issues which may need further discussion, but as a starting point, there are certain things which it may be helpful to think about before going further.

  • Have you enough space, particularly bedroom space?
  • If you have children, how old are they? What are your own children like? Are they happy to share you, their space and their friends and family?
  • Consider your lifestyle and other commitments. Are you and your family adaptable to meeting the extra demand of fostering?
  • If you are in a relationship, are you both equally committed to fostering?
  • What personal qualities do you feel you have to offer?
  • Is this the right time to start fostering?

If you have any more questions, or would like to talk anything through with us, please give us a call on 0113 247 7443.