For advice, information and guidance about the fostering process, visit our new collaborative fostering service  Foster4. This new agency is a joint collaboration between Cheshire East Council, Warrington Borough Council, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton Borough Council, and offers up-to-date support and information about becoming a foster carer in Cheshire East.

What is fostering

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.

Foster carer case studies:

The Fostering Statement of Purpose (PDF, 437KB) details the principles, values, aims and objectives of the Fostering Service.