Fostering

A composite image of several foster carers and their fostered families

Local children in Darlington need Carers – people like you


Become a foster carer or provide supported lodgings in Darlington

You really can make a huge difference to the future of local children by becoming a foster carer or supported lodgings carer in Darlington.

Have you got the Heart to be a foster carer in Darlington?


Fostering provides a stable family life for children and young people when they cannot live with their families. Darlington Borough Council Foster Carers give children the opportunity to thrive, achieve and be happy in a safe and loving home.

In this video, Heart DJ and beauty blogger Pandora, who has first hand experience of being in care, answers your questions around fostering in Darlington with Darlington Borough Council. You can also view the video transcript. [pdf document] 

Supported Lodging’s Carers provide the next step to independence for young people aged 16 – 21 years who are leaving care. Find out more about providing supported lodgings to a young person in Darlington.

The children and young people placed with our foster carers are from a diverse range of backgrounds with a variety of needs, but they all have one thing in common; they are children from our community who deserve the best that we can provide for them.

Taking the next step to foster with us


If you live in Darlington and have the heart to become a foster or supported lodgings carer, please consider making the move to change a child's future with us.

Our small fostering and supported lodgings team offers amazing help and support throughout your journey to becoming a foster carer in Darlington.

When you feel ready to take the next step, please call the council's Fostering and Supported Lodgings Team on 01325 406222 and choose option 5, or use the form below.

Find out about adopting a child in Darlington


Our adoption services are provided by Adoption Tees Valley [external link]. Please follow the link to find up to date information about our services.

Fostering

Tel: 01325 406222
(option 5 Fostering and Supported lodgings team).

Write: Fostering and supported lodgings team,
The Old Gym,
Central House Annex,
Gladstone Street,
Darlington, DL3 6JX.

Email: [email protected]

Social Media: Please check out our Facebook page for more information.

Supported lodgings

Tel: 01325 406222
(option 5 Fostering and Supported lodgings team).

Write: Darlington Supported Lodgings Co-ordinator, Fostering and supported lodgings team,
Central House Annexe,
Central House,
Gladstone Street,
Darlington, DL3 6JX.

Email: [email protected]

Social Media: Please check out our Facebook page for more information.

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering and supported lodgings please fill in the contact form below and a member of the team will be happy to contact you.

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