Welcome to Suffolk County Council Fostering Service

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at this site. We hope the following pages give you enough information about fostering in Suffolk to decide whether this could be for you. Once you have read through these pages, if you would like more information, and feel ready to take the next step please contact:

Fostering Recruitment & Assessment Team on 0800 328 2148, through our online enquiry form  or email You can also follow the Suffolk Fostering Service on Facebook.

What is Fostering?

Fostering is family care for children and young people who cannot live with their own families for various reasons. Fostered children may stay in touch with their own family and return to live with them. However, some need foster care for longer.  Suffolk County Council is responsible for providing foster care for all Suffolk children in care.

Today in Suffolk we have over 740 children in care and simply not enough foster carers for all the children and young people who need them. By becoming a carer for Suffolk County Council you could make a positive difference to the lives of a local child and their family by providing a stable home to help children to develop and succeed. 

Urgent Appeal

Over 400 children in care in Suffolk are aged 10 or over.  We are particularly keen to hear from people who are open to caring for older children, older sibling groups and children with more complex needs.

 If you are looking for a new challenge, have the patience, flexibility and desire to support young people in care and have the space in your lives and home then Suffolk Fostering Service would like to hear from you.

News Update


Our MTFC programme is now expanding and we are recruiting carers for children aged 7-10 as well as our adolescent programme for the 11-16 year olds. Click here to find out more information.

Link-up befriending

LINK have launched a new project in conjunction with Activities Unlimited to recruit link-up befrienders to provide support to a young disabled person in the community or the young persons home.  Link-up befrienders can be from aged 16.

Why Foster for Suffolk?

All Suffolk children needing foster care will be placed with our own Suffolk County Council foster carers whenever possible.  This means as a Suffolk carer you will be fostering children from Suffolk and your local community.

As a Suffolk Fostering Service carer you will be a valued and integral member of a wider professional, multi-agency team and receive:

  • Dedicated fostering social worker for your family for supervision and support
  • 24hr support and advice
  • Extensive range of training and learning opportunities
  • Local support groups
  • Mentoring from experienced foster carers
  • Local specialised support including health, education and therapeutic services
  • Membership to Fostering Network
  • Membership to Suffolk Fostering Association
  • Regular placements
  • A weekly allowance
  • Access Payment Scheme for carers offering to care for older children with more complex needs

Suffolk Fostering Service Mission Statement

Suffolk County Council Fostering Service aims to provide a high quality, safe, flexible family placement service. The Fostering Service has a range of family placement options throughout Suffolk to meet the diverse range of needs presented by children who are unable to live with their families.

Statement of Purpose

Children and young people who are placed in foster care should experience it positively. A young person’s experience in foster care should contribute to their overall sense of well being. Suffolk County Council’s Fostering Service will work with our foster carers and the children in our care to help them achieve their full potential in a nurturing stable environment.
El Mayhew, Head of Fostering.


What is in the section

Evie & Harry's story as heard on Town 102, Ryan & Gavin's story as heard on Beach radio

Stories from carers involved in fostering

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Are you ready to foster?

Brief description to Suffolk's requirements for fostering

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Are you thinking about fostering?

Foster carers can make a big difference in a child's life. Some children can wait a long time for the right foster family

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Children's profiles

Information about some of the children that are waiting for permanent foster carers

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Contact the Fostering Team

Please contact us today if you would like to find out more about fostering a Suffolk child

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Different types of fostering

Here is a brief explanation of the different ways you can foster for Suffolk County Council

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Existing Suffolk carers page

This page is for existing Suffolk County Council approved foster carers.

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Fees and allowances

All Suffolk foster carers receive allowances to cover the cost of a looked after child

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How to become a foster carer

A step by step guide to becoming a foster carer

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Information events, initial visits and preparation courses

For more information about our forthcoming recruitment events, arranging an initial visit and attending a preparation course

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The Fostering Teams

Get to know who is who within the Suffolk Fostering Service.

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Training and support

Fostering for Suffolk County Council means you will receive the support, advice and training you need to succeed.

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Transferring foster carers

Are you a registered foster carer thinking about transferring?

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Zipwire - Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care

Our adolescent multi-dimensional treatment foster care (MTFC) is a programme to help young people aged 7-16 improve their life chances.

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