Information Events


The first Monday of every month we host an informal drop-in session about adoption and fostering. From information about the process to myth busting, our team will happily answer any questions you have on adoption and fostering.

Come along to speak with our experienced team, privately if you wish.

The next adoption and fostering information evening is: Monday 5 February 2018, 6 till 7:00pm

Venue - Central House Annexe, Gladstone Street, DL3 6JX.

For more information call 01325 406222.

Future Dates

  • Monday 5 March - 6 to 7pm
  • Monday 9 April - 6 to 7pm

We also need people to provide supported Lodgings for young people. Providing a room in your home for a young person and support to help them become independent could make a great difference to a young person’s life and yours - without interrupting your career and give you the opportunity to earn money at the same time.

If you'd like to find out more we'd love to hear from you and will be available to offer further information at an information evening as detailed above.

If you are unable to attend please call 01325 406120 for more information and an information pack.

Supported Lodgings

If you are interested in becoming a Supported Lodgings Provider and/or would like to know more about the Scheme then please contact:

Darlington Supported Lodgings Co-ordinator

Family Placement Team

Central House Annexe
Central House
Gladstone Street
County Durham

Telephone: 01325 406166

Please check out our Facebook page for more information

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit?

No, your age doesn’t reflect your ability to foster a child. There is no upper age limit, You must be 21 years of age.

What if I’m not married?

You can foster if you are single. Some children may benefit from a single parent environment. Unmarried couples may also adopt/foster as well as same-sex couples.

I am unemployed, can I foster?

Yes. We encourage a range of backgrounds to come forward to foster.

I work full time, can I still foster?

Yes. As long as the child’s needs are met then you can foster.. You can consider Supported Lodgings as a way to help others while in full time employment.

I don’t own a home?

Yes. All you need is room to care for a child in an environment that is safe, stable and secure.

I smoke, will this affect my chances?

Yes. You would not be able to foster a child under 5 years old. There are many older children who need fostering.

I have a disability, can I foster?

Yes. You would be assessed on your abilities to look after a child and all factors of your health would be taken into consideration.

I already have children, can I still foster?

Yes, you can. Your children would be involved as part of the assessment.

I have a criminal conviction, how will this affect me?

If you or a member or your household have a criminal conviction or caution for offences against children or for serious sexual offences you will not be able to foster. Other criminal offences will not automatically exclude you but will be taken into consideration during the assessment process, so please be open with your agency from the start.

I don’t live in Darlington?

You don't have to live in Darlington to foster with us. We welcome applications within a 20 mile radius. If you wish to foster then your location will be looked upon and if it happens to be too far for your and the children's needs then we will help you get in touch with a nearer Local Authority.