About fostering

A foster carer teaching a child to knit

Fostering doesn't just include long term placements, it can be short periods of time, emergency stays or weekends. Whichever way you wish to foster, it means everything to us and the children in our care. As a foster carer, you have the opportunity to help change the life of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Sunderland by providing a safe environment and encouraging them to fulfil their potential. Your support and encouragement can often be what gives them the start in life they deserve and a safe home where they are loved, can learn to be a child again and grow into the young person they want to be.

There is no 'ideal' type of foster carer, everyone is unique and brings their own individual experience and abilities. The most important attributes are having time, patience, a sense of humour and the ability to love. Feeling comfortable with children is key and social and family life should be fun, supportive and include ground rules.

Fostering is an extremely rewarding and enriching experience for you, your family and the children you care for, with some added benefits from us to you. We will ensure that you are fully trained and fully supported.

You will receive an excellent allowance that covers all costs of up to £34,320. We will allocate your own dedicated social worker to support you whenever needed. You will also be able to contact a 24-hour support line. We recognise the hard work of our foster carers and will provide an allowance of paid respite breaks. Your training will be held locally and at no cost to you.

Families who have children of their own, as well as those who don't, are equally considered for foster caring positions.

Every one of our foster carers receive the same level of training and support.

Information events

Monday 13 September – 12pm to 2pm

Friday 8 October – 12pm to 2pm

Wednesday 10 November – 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Wednesday 8 December – 9:30am to 11:30am

These events be held at St Aidan’s Parish Centre, Kirkside, New Herrington, Houghton le Spring DH4 4GA.

Fostering Statement of Purpose (2021)

Our Fostering Statement of Purpose is for foster carers, children and young people who use the service and the staff working in the all areas of Together for Children Sunderland, as well as staff in a range of agencies who work with us and for people who are interested in becoming foster carers. 

In Foster Care

  • Find out more about fostering with Together for Children.
  • Our Connected Carers Team is involved in the assessment and support of Connected Carers and Special Guardians.
  • Want to know what it’s like to be a foster carer? Read some of the stories of our foster carers.
  • Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about foster care.
  • Ofsted, the government office for standards in education, children's services and skills, found Together for Children's independent fostering agency to be good.
  • Private fostering is an arrangement made by a child’s parent (or someone with parental responsibility) for them to live with a carer who is not a close relative of the child (under the age of 16 or 18 if the child is disabled).