Who can foster?


Foster parents come from all walks of life.

Foster parents come from different cultural and social backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and are of various sexual orientations, physical abilities, ages and genders. You might rent or own your own house. You might be single, or in a relationship. We welcome all enquiries and do not discriminate against anyone because of their age, race, beliefs, sexual orientation or gender.

There is not one single profile of what makes a good foster parent. All children are unique with different needs. We need different people to meet their needs. What really matters above all else is that you have the capacity to love, care for and provide a stable home for a child or young person.




You can foster if:

  • You’re over the age of 21

  • Have one or more spare bedrooms

  • Can drive or have consistent access to a car

  • You have the personal qualities that mean you can be a great foster parent

  • If you have children at home, we will need to consider their age and circumstances to decide if it’s the right time for you as a family.





We are recruiting foster parents across Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar, Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland.

After reading this if you feel it’s something that you could do, we would love to hear from you. We know fostering is rewarding and can change the lives of children, young people and the people who look after them.

You can find out more about how we support foster parents both in training and financially here.






Speaking with our team can really help you decide  whether fostering is right for you.

When you enquire with us it's an opportunity to ask questions, answer the queries you have and speak about how fostering could into your life. An enquiry whether that's a message, a call or even chatting to us on Facebook is all about investing some time together to figure out your fostering fit. You can also find a lot of answers to commonly asked questions here.