Interested in fostering?

Come along to one of our information events on:

  • Venue for all events below: Cledford House, Long Lane South, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 0DB (All events start at 6.30pm)
  • Monday 9 February 2015
  • Monday 20 April 2015
  • Monday 18 May 2015
  • Monday 15 June 2015
  • Monday 13 July 2015

What is Fostering?

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Fostering is where people like you provide a caring and safe home environment for children and young people, including those who have disabilities and/or challenging behaviour, while their own family is unable to look after them.

Fostering is often a temporary arrangement and many children and young people return to their own families. It can be done on a full or part-time basis and ranges from short break care to a few months or even on a long term basis. We appreciate that choosing to foster a child is not a decision to be taken lightly and we hope that the different options described in this website will inform you sufficiently to take the next step. We’ll be with you all the way, offering help, encouragement, support and guidance, assisting you through every aspect of the application process, ensuring that you make the right decision.

The Fostering Service Statement of Purpose (PDF, 390KB) details the principles, values, aims and objectives of the Fostering Service.

All Children’s Social Workers employed by Cheshire East Council have personally signed up to the Foster Carer Charter (PDF, 172KB) in Cheshire East and the supplementary guidance ‘Guide to Working Well with Foster Carers (PDF, 285KB). These actions evidence our commitment to ensuring that Foster Carers are a valued and essential part of the team helping care for our most vulnerable children.

If you require further information please fill in our enquiry form and we can answer any queries or worries you may have. Alternatively you can telephone Cheshire East Council's Fostering and Adoption hotline for more information on 0300 123 3223 or email