Foster Care

Foster care in Sunderland

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There are currently more than 500 children in care in Sunderland. Could you give a child a loving home?

We are an independent fostering agency that provides foster care for children and young people who through no fault of their own cannot live with their parents.

Our foster carers receive ongoing training and support, plus a financial support package. We're open to applications from all walks of life and you don't have to live in Sunderland

What is a foster carer?
Foster carers take someone else's child into their home and look after them until they are able to return to their own family or are ready to move on.

There's no such thing as a typical foster carer - they come from all walks of life and all sorts of backgrounds. We welcome applications from all demographics and from anywhere within travelling distance of Sunderland.

The only thing we ask is that you must have a spare room in your home to accommodate a child.

There are several different types of fostering available with us, including anything from providing a few days to a few years of care. We offer ongoing training and support and are always on hand to help.

Will I get paid?

You will receive a fostering allowance, which is to cover the cost of caring for the child. 

There is also a foster carer fee scheme, which recognises and rewards commitment to continuous professional development.

Click here to read one foster family's story

How can I find out more?

For more information come along to one of our fostering information evenings – they’re held once a month on a Tuesday. All take place at Bede Tower (Burdon Rd, Sunderland SR2 7DZ), from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. There's no need to book, just come along.

Tuesday 16 October
Tuesday 13 November
Tuesday 11 December

Or contact our Foster Care team on:

Tel: 0191 520 5553


Click here to find out more about Private Fostering in Sunderland


Foster Carers' Handbook

Click to download our handbook for foster carers

Children's Guide to Foster Care

Download our Children's Guide to Foster Care

Fostering Enquiry Form

Download our Fostering Enquiry Form

Fostering Service: Statement of Purpose

Fostering Service: Statement of Purpose

Family and Friends (Connected Carers)

Download our Family and Friends (Connected Carers) leaflet

Connected Carers Policy

Download our Connected Carers Policy

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