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. Local authorities involved are Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council and Hartlepool Borough 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.
- Recruit more foster carers from within the Tees Valley area and signpost them to their Local Authority.
- Raise awareness of fostering within the Tees Valley area.
- Highlight the need to recruit more foster carers for harder to place children such as children over 10, sibling groups and children with disabilities.
- Highlight the need to recruit more foster carers who are willing to foster on a long term basis (until the child reaches adulthood and is able to live independently), as well as offer ‘supported lodgings’ for children and young people until the age of 21. (Supported lodgings placements support transition to adulthood, and effectively bridge the gap between the home environment and independent living. Placements are usually provided for periods of up to two years, although in special circumstances the duration may be extended. Supported Lodgings providers offer support to inspire young people’s confidence in areas such as budgeting, cooking and cleaning; and helping them reach their personal goals.)