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About Foster with North East

Foster with North East is a collaborative partnership between 12 local authorities from across the North East of England. Fostering services all across the region are joining forces to recruit much-needed prospective foster carers.

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For the first time, anyone considering fostering in our region will benefit from a united, single support hub. The hub provides additional support for prospective foster carers and is supported by the Department for Education.


The Foster with North East regional hub offers:




The Foster with North East team is here to offer support and guidance throughout your fostering journey.

Foster with North East communities

Working together as partner fostering services, the local authority fostering teams are bringing together collective in-depth knowledge about our communities and the needs of families, children and young people. We are committed to communicating and sharing resources to give foster carers and cared for children the best possible experiences of fostering. 

Foster with North East partners include: Darlington Borough Council, Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, South Tyneside Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Together for Children (Sunderland).

Share your home, shape their future with Foster North East

The number of children entering our care system is rising across our region. At the same time, fewer people are choosing to make foster care part of their lives. Our ambition is to grow the number of fostering households that can make a difference to the vulnerable children and young people in need in our communities. This follows the strategy outlined in 'Stable Homes, Built on Love', the Government's response to the Independent Review of Children's Social Care, which recognised the urgent need to change the way local authorities recruit and retain foster carers.

We need foster carers from all walks of life who can offer a safe, stable family environment for babies, children, young people and teenagers in our region. We also need carers for children and young people from ethnic minority groups, brother and sister groups and for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or additional needs.

Your home could be the right home, at the right time

Whether you can commit to long-term fostering or welcoming a child into your home for shorter periods through emergency, short-term fostering or short break care, you could provide support and care when it's needed most. 

We're here to answer questions, signpost you to important information and help you make an informed choice about how you can make fostering work for you.

Our team will work alongside the local authority where you live to ensure for every step, from your initial enquiry through to assessment and beyond, you have the information you need, feel supported and know what to expect. 

Children and young people need support now

With over 6,000 children currently in care across the North East but just over 1,500 approved foster carers available (33% less than there was a year ago), there is an urgent need to recruit new carers.

Learn more about fostering with Foster with North East by reading about types of fostering. Or explore real-life stories from our region's fostering families. 

To register your interest with no commitment, call 0800 917 7771. Our hub advisers are ready and waiting to answer any questions you might have, big or small.

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