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What is fostering

Fostering is to provide care, support and a loving home to a child or young person who is unable to live with their birth family.

Children and young people can be in care for all sorts of reasons. By choosing to foster, you can provide the stability and security that they need whilst keeping them connected to their family, school and friends.

Fostering is a rewarding and challenging experience. You can make a positive and lasting difference to a child's life.

You could care for children and young people across a wide age range, whether that’s overnight or for a number of years.

Foster carers come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and work experiences. As a foster carer, you will receive full training and support from our experienced team who will be with you every step of the way.

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Types of foster care

There are a number of different reasons why children need fostering and there are lots of types of foster care.


When carers look after children for a few weeks or months, while plans are made for the child's future.


Not all children who need to permanently live away from their birth family want to be adopted, so instead they go into long-term foster care until they are adults.

Connected carers 

A child who is the responsibility of Blackpool Council goes to live with someone they already know, which usually means family members such as grandparents, aunts and uncles or their brother or sister.

Parent and child

This involves providing a placement for a parent and their child (usually a baby), although it could be an older child. You will support the parent to develop skills in caring for their child.

Want to know more?

Come to one of our regular information events where our friendly and experienced team are on hand to answer any questions you have. 

You can also telephone the fostering team on 01253 477888 or request an information pack online