Fostering for 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.