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Welcome to Gateshead Council's fostering service

Foster with Gateshead

We are committed to giving every young person the life they deserve

Welcome to Gateshead Council's Fostering Service. We're so glad you're considering becoming a foster carer, you've made a great choice by coming to us. 

Life doesn't always go the way we think it should, and as a result there are children in Gateshead who need foster families to help them. Some of these children will return to their families after days or weeks but other children could be living with foster carers for a number of years, or even until they are grown up and ready to live independently. 

We offer a service rated "Good" by Ofsted in 2019, who said "assessment and preparation of foster carers is effective" and "there is good support from supervising social workers".

But our offer is so much more...

We have a support network made up of a fantastic group of professionals, underpinned by our community of foster carers. Because we are a local authority, we are the most direct route to caring for looked after children in the borough. We can provide you with a range of training and can even fund qualifications for some carers if you're looking to go further.

We are confident that you won't find a better way to become a foster carer. But don't just take our word for it, visit our stories and let some of our current carers tell you more.

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Our stories

Many people express their admiration for those who foster, and there is no doubt that our foster carers do a truly amazing job. But they aren't super human, they don't posses a special gene that makes them able to do this - they're real, everyday people, like you.

Our stories

Types of fostering

Discover the many different types of fostering that are available. We can help you decide which suits you best.

Types of fostering
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If you're considering fostering then then you will no doubt be wondering what kind of financial support is available. Browse this section and find out more about the different payments you can receive to support you and your foster child or children.

Fostering payments
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Could you foster?

There's no such thing as a typical foster carer. Our carers come from all walks of life, just like the children who need to be cared for. We're looking for people who are patient, flexible, understanding, determined and keen to learn. Your individual qualities are what matter to us and what you can offer to a child or young person.

Could you foster
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Training and support

Many of our children in need of a family have experienced difficult early lives. This can affect their behaviour and development. Foster carers need to offer lots of love and patience to help a child settle in to a new home but beyond that, we offer a range of training and support opportunities that will help you to be prepared to handle the more challenging times that may occur. You can be confident going forward that you'll have all the skills required to succeed and grow in your role as well as help on hand from our team.

Training and support

Virtual fostering information events

Join us online and meet some of the Gateshead team and hear what it's like to foster with us from one of our carers.

Upcoming virtual fostering information events
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Starting your story

You've already taken the first step towards becoming a foster carer. The following page shows what you can expect should you choose to become a foster carer with Gateshead Council.

The fostering journey

Get in touch

We're so glad you're considering joining us and can't wait to talk to you. Simply fill out a few details on the form below and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Register your interest
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