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Why foster?

Caring for our children and young people and giving them a safe, secure family home is one of the best and most rewarding jobs there is. Lets make a real difference together – come and join our fostering family today!

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What is fostering?

It’s satisfying, rewarding and great fun, fostering is about providing vital support and looking after children when their parents are not able to care for them. This might be for a few days, a few months, or it might be for many years, until they become an adult.

Fostering is a way of making a real difference to the lives of children who may not have had the best start in life. Giving them a stable and safe, caring home is a really important part of helping them to grow and develop. In Cheshire East, all foster carers get financial help to look after children, as well as a payment for themselves.

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Who can do it?

Whatever your personal circumstances, if you’re over 21 you can become a foster carer with Cheshire East Council, as long as you are able to make a regular commitment and have the room in your home to look after a child.

What matters most is that you are able to keep them safe, help them feel comfortable with their surroundings and broaden their learning and provide new experiences. You also don’t need any special qualifications or experience, as long as you are willing to learn and participate in training.

What else you need to have?

  • A positive outlook
  • Patience, tolerance and commitment
  • Motivation, energy and a good sense of humour
  • The confidence to cope with a variety of situations calmly

Why choose Cheshire East?

Perhaps you’re a foster carer for another agency and you’re looking for a change, or perhaps you’ve never fostered before. Whatever your situation, we want to hear from you!

Providing homes for our own children in our community and then also add we are a local authority and we don’t make a profit from fostering.

Cheshire East provides better financial reward and support for foster carers than most other local authorities and many Independent Fostering Agencies.

We give you great support to help you to foster – high quality training, an experienced and knowledgeable Supervising Social Worker to guide and support you.

We will also provide you with a range of other council run services to work with the children in your care.

We involve our foster carers in all aspects of fostering - from developing this website (thanks Michael, Ben, Vicky, Krystina, Liz and Steve – great job!), to developing other areas of the service too.

Page last reviewed: 01 November 2023