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Become a foster carer

Foster carers provide a stable family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents at a particular point in their lives.

To become a foster carer, you need to:

  • be 25 or over (in some circumstances we will consider people between 21 and 25 years old)
  • have a separate spare bedroom suitable for a child or young person (unless you are fostering babies who can be accommodated in a cot in a main bedroom)
  • be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
  • have the time and commitment to give to a child or young person, often on a full-time basis

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, request a fostering information pack.

Request a fostering information pack

You can also use the following contact details to get in touch.

Phone: 01642 526218


What happens next?

To find out about the next steps after you make your enquiry including the assessment, read our step-by-step guide to becoming a foster carer.

Further information

Information sessions

We hold a range of information sessions throughout the year to help you learn more about becoming a foster carer. They're informal and local. They offer a convenient way to ask questions before progressing to the 'Initial Visit' stage, when a Social Worker will visit you at home.

Visit one of our information stands or book onto one of the following information sessions by contacting 01642 526218, email or visit us on facebook.

  • Information stand - Friday 13 Januray 2023 at North Tees Hospital
  • Virtual information session (dependent upon interest) - Monday 30 January 2023, 5pm to 7pm
  • Information session - Wednesday 8 February 2023, 10am to 12pm at Yarm Library
  • Virtual information session - Thursday 23 February 2023 
  • Information session - Thursday 9 March 23, 1pm to 3pm at Ingleby Barwick Library