Fostering and adoption are very different. Fostering is a way of providing children and young people with a safe place to live when they can no longer live at home with their family; it can be long or short term. Adoption is permanent and places a child or young person with a new family for life.
If you’re interested in providing a child or young person with a safe and supportive home, either on a long or short term basis, you should contact our fostering service, Trust Fostering. Further information about this is available by using the links to the right of this page, or by visiting www.trustfostering.co.uk
Fostering should not be mixed up with private fostering, which is an arrangement between parents and carers. If a child under the age of 16 (or 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or close relative for a period of 28 days or more the parent and carers are required to contact the Trust, who must make sure the arrangements meet the needs of the child. Click on private fostering to the right to find out more.
If you would like to welcome a child or young person into your home permanently through adoption you can contact our adoption service. Use the links on the left hand side of this page to find out more about the adoption process.