Changing Futures Fostering is a North East focused fostering agency and Hartlepool’s first independent fostering agency. We recruit foster parents from Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar, Stockton, Middlesbrough and surrounding areas like Sunderland and Newcastle.
Everything we do is for the benefit of children and young people, and adults who have been in care.
We are entirely owned by a Charity, Changing Futures North East, which means we are beyond profit – every penny is spent on helping local children and families (which is morally how it should be). We aren't a flash agency with top notch facilities, company cars and six figure salaries. We're a community organisation, started by an experienced Charity, that really does care about children and young people and puts them first.
We want to change the world for the better in whatever ways we can.
The Charity was started 20 years ago by local residents who wanted more opportunities for children in their community. Hundreds of volunteers helped create a youth and community centre that will now be the Hartlepool office for Changing Futures Fostering.
This focus on involving the people who know best, people in the community, is at the heart of Changing Futures Fostering. It's why we've consulted foster parents and young people from the start, and shaped training and support with their help. Children in care, and foster parents, are the most important people in fostering. We can only make a difference to children by listening to them, working with and supporting them and being as fair and transparent as we can be.
We think the fostering ‘marketplace’ needs a shakeup. More of the agencies that foster need to be better at listening to children in care and foster parents, and give foster parents far better training and support. We believe all children should be placed with agencies that place children before profit. Our aim is to be a disruptive factor in the local, profit making dominated, fostering market. We will increase the number of children supported by not for profit agencies.