Tees Valley Fostering

Local Authorities across the Tees Valley have joined together to encourage people living across Teesside and Darlington to think about becoming foster carers with their local council.

On this website, you can find out more information on fostering and what it’s like to be a foster carer by watching our introductory video.

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What does fostering mean?

Fostering is about caring for children and young people in your own home who can’t live with their own families for a variety of reasons. Many of these children will eventually return to their birth families. In some cases this may take a matter of days or weeks, in others it may take longer and children could be living with foster carers for months or years.

There are different types of fostering. You might look after a child in an emergency, at weekends or on a short term basis for a few months. You may also foster on a longer term basis, which may mean you support a young person until they’re able to live independently.

Who can foster?

Foster carers come from all walks of life, just like the children who need foster care. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Foster carers can be:

  • Male or female
  • Any age (there is no upper age limit to foster but you must be over 21)
  • Married, living together or single
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender
  • Employed, unemployed or retired
  • Home owner or tenant
  • Religious or non-religious
  • From any ethnic background
  • Disabled
  • People with children or no children, or grown up children who have left home.

How do I get more information?

If you are interested in fostering for your Local Authority in the Tees Valley and Teesside area, please complete the form below and one of our fostering specialists will get back in touch. Completing the form does not commit you to any obligations. Alternatively, you can also contact your Local Authority direct by clicking on the map. If you don’t know which is your Local Authority, please press the "Find Your Local Authority" button below, which will take you to the .Gov council tax search.

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our online contact form.  For more information, without obligation,  please text the word ‘TEES’ and your postcode to 66777 and we will call you back or email Child.Placement@stockton.gov.uk

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Fostering Information Events

Here is a list of our upcoming Fostering Information Events taking place across Teesside. Please come and meet us in person at our Tees Valley Fostering Information Stand where you can speak to a fostering team member, as well as some of our current Local Authority foster carers.

If you can’t make it to our Information Stands, please contact your Local Authority above to find out about all future local fostering events.

Fostering roadshows and information events 2017