Foster Care

Boy Fostering


Rated GOOD by Ofsted

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?

We have a new foster carer professional fee scheme that recognises and rewards commitment to continuous professional development. 

Under the new scheme foster carers could earn up to £34,320 plus allowances to cover the cost of caring for a child per year. This is based on experience and the number of children cared for.

How can I find out more?

We host a drop-in information evening every month that you may attend. There's no need to book, just come along.

Unfortunately our information evenings are postponed until further notice. If you wish to discuss fostering, please contact our team on 0191 561 2223 or email

Coffee and Chat

Why not come down to Costa Coffee, 2 Broadstairs Ct, Sunderland SR4 8NP, where our friendly, professional fostering and adoption teams will be more than happy to have a chat with you and answer any questions you may have.

The available sessions are:

There are currently no Coffee and Chat sessions planned.

One to One chat

Book a one to one chat with a member of our friendly fostering team.

During this one hour slot, we will offer you support, guidance and advice on the topic of fostering. Our team will be happy to answer and questions or queries you may have in a relaxed setting.

An initial enquiry form may also be completed if appropriate.

The sessions run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm at Sandhill Centre, Sunderland.

If you would like to book an appointment, please visit our Fostering and Adoption Facebook page and book a suitable date/time. In response to Covid-19, these appointments will now be over the phone until further notice.

Click to complete our Foster Carer Expression of Interest Form and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.  

To contact our Foster Care team, call 0191 561 2223 or email

Any carers looking to log onto The Portal, can do so via this link:

Also, please be sure to check out our attached files for more information about Foster Care below, including our Fostering information pack:


Fostering with Together for Children - Information Pack

This pack includes an FAQs section, detailed information on the steps and stages to become a foster carer, as well as sections on the different type of foster care and the criteria to become a foster carer.

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 Service: Statement of Purpose

Fostering Service: Statement of Purpose

Information for Special Guardians and Kinship Carers

Download our Information for Special Guardians and Kinship Carers pack.

Connected Carers Policy

Download our Connected Carers Policy

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