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Fostering

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Local children in Darlington need Carers – people like you


The aim of Darlington Borough Council Children’s Service is to try and keep families together. However, there are times when this may not be possible. Foster Care and Supported Lodgings are services for children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.

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.

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.

You really can make a huge difference to the future of local children by becoming a Foster Carer or Supported Lodgings Carer in Darlington. 

Hear from more foster carers and take the next step to foster with us


If you are still at the early stages of your journey and have yet to make up your mind about fostering, please take a look at our FAQs and join us at one of our information events.

Hear from some of our existing foster carers about why they do what they do.

If you live in Darlington and feel that you are ready to take the next step to becoming a foster or supported lodgings carer, or would like some more information that can't be found on our website, the quickest and easiest option is to complete the form below. A member of the team will be happy to get in contact with you.

You can also get in touch with the fostering and supported lodgings teams via email or phone.

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

Our handy fostering guide [pdf document] covers the basics you will need to know to start your foster care journey. 

To 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 adoption services.

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