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Fostering events and enquiries

Our fostering information events have been suspended until further notice. You can still make an enquiry by completing our fostering enquiry  form or by calling 01472 325545.

Upcoming events

Becoming a foster carer

Fostering provides a full-time, safe and nurturing family environment for children and young people in need.

We are looking for more foster carers to care for children of all ages. Currently we have an urgent need for long term foster carers.

In becoming a foster carer, you can be sure of a warm welcome and of knowing that you are helping your own community by making a real difference to the lives of local young people.

Read more about the different types of foster care.

Who can foster?

Foster carers must be:

  • 21 or older
  • a UK resident or have indefinite leave to remain
  • able to take care of a child or young person, often on a full-time basis

In most cases you must have a separate bedroom space for each foster child.

There is no upper age limit to foster. We have lots of retired carers who a fabulous foster carers. Our foster carers come from all different backgrounds.

What it takes to be a foster carer

Fostering today is more like a career as it demands a great deal of effort and commitment. Our foster carers must be available to meet the needs of the children placed with them.

This can be a tough challenge as many children have complex histories and may be hurt, sad and angry. Foster carers also need to attend training to prepare them with the skills they need.

You will also have to attend meetings, appointments, reviews and respond to emergencies if they arise.

To be a foster carer you will need:

  • personal strength and a sense of humour
  • an awareness of and ability to promote the rights of every foster child to be nurtured in a loving and caring way
  • to work as part of a team and recognise the differences of foster caring from parenting your own children
  • some experience with children – This can be gained in a number of ways you do not have to have had your own children
  • to be open and accepting of issues of culture, religion, disability, ethnicity, lesbian and gay relationships, and families who are unable to care for their children effectively
  • a personal sense of security, which allows for the tolerance and understanding of children and young people in public care, some of whom may have suffered much personal trauma and may show their distress through challenging behaviour
  • to take a positive ‘long view’ for each child to create as many good memories as possible for children to hold on to for life and to continue believing in each child regardless of setbacks

Related content

Adoption

Children’s services feedback

Related websites

GOV.UK – Becoming a foster parent

Contact details

Fostering and adoption, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN

Email: fosteringandadoption@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 325545

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays