Fostering

Find out what Suffolk's Fostering Service can offer you as a foster carer, including financial benefits, support and training.

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Why foster with Suffolk?Mum with teenage son

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding journey. The children in our care need foster parents with aspirations for them and a belief that they can reach their full potential.

Find out the benefits you can get when you join Suffolk's fostering service.

Why foster with Suffolk?

 

 


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Join us at one of our Fostering Recruitment events (currently online) and hear more from our team about fostering a Suffolk child.

At the event you will:

  • get the chance to ask any questions to a member of our team
  • learn more about the fostering process and steps
  • speak to one of our existing foster carers and ask them any questions you might have.

Visit our events page to see the dates of all our upcoming fostering events.

Visit our events page

 


How to become a foster carerSmiling girl holding a book

Find out more about the process to foster a child with Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service.

See how you'll be supported from your initial enquiry right through to matching and support by our friendly and knowledgeable team.

You can also view our infographic showing the full fostering process step by step to better understand what's involved.

How to become a foster carer

 


Can I foster?Piggy back ride siblings

We welcome enquiries from people of any ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds, any religion or sexual orientation and from people with disabilities.

We've listed some of the common questions people ask us, which you may find helpful.

Have a look and see if your questions are answered on our dedicated page - you can also discuss your own personal circumstances with our friendly team. 

See if you can foster

 


Types of fosteringMum and daughter baking

There are many different types of foster care. Our children are all individual, as is the care they need.

Discover what type of fostering is right for you, including the following.

  • Short Breaks
  • Link Care
  • PACE
  • Staying Put
  • Parent and Child
  • Permanent Care

See what types of fostering we offer


Fees and allowancesHands in a heart shape

We provide a highly competitive payment scheme, where you can receive between £212 and £655 per child, per week.

This scheme allows career progression as you develop as a carer, recognising your skills, experience and type of fostering you’re offering.

Find out what weekly payments and benefits we can offer you as a foster carer.

Visit the fees and allowances page

 


Existing foster carers looking to transferTransferring Carers

If you're already a foster carer with another agency and thinking about transferring to Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service, we'd love to hear from you.

Our team are able to support you through the transfer and ensure the whole process runs quickly and smoothly.

Find out how to transfer to Suffolk County Council and the benefits you receive as part of the team by clicking below.

Transfer to Suffolk


Real fostering storiesGirl Jumping2

Read real stories from our foster carers and their foster children about:

  • teenagers
  • sibling groups
  • children with complex needs
  • parent and child placements
  • unaccompanied asylum seeking children
  • children aged 5 to 10 years old
  • children aged 0 to 5 years old

Read our fostering stories


Therapeutic supportTeddy bear on a bed

Suffolk’s Therapeutic Fostering Team provides therapeutic support for foster carers who are caring for children and young people who present with complex behaviours resulting from the neglect and trauma they have experienced.

Learn about therapeutic support for foster carers who care for children and young people with challenging behaviours.

View our therapeutic support

 

 


Children in foster careSchool children hugging

There are a range of children who need fostering. The types of children include:

  • teenagers
  • sibling groups
  • children with complex needs
  • parent and child placements
  • unaccompanied asylum seeking children
  • children aged 5 to 10 years old
  • children aged 0 to 5 years old

Find out what children and teenagers are in most need of foster carers and see our offer to children in foster care.

Read about children in foster care

Fostering and Adoption ©

Why foster with Suffolk?

Find out the benefits you can get when you join Suffolk's fostering service.

How to become a foster carer

Learn more about becoming a foster carer with Suffolk's Fostering Service and find out what qualities you need and don't need.

Can I foster?

There’s no such thing as a typical foster carer. Foster carers come from all walks of life and from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups.

Types of fostering

Discover what type of fostering is right for you, including short term and permanent foster care.

Fees and allowances

Find out what weekly payments and benefits we can offer you as a foster carer.

Real fostering stories

Read real stories from foster carers and fostered children in Suffolk.

Suffolk foster carers and transferring to Suffolk

Find out how to transfer to Suffolk County Council and the benefits you receive as part of our team.

Therapeutic support

Learn about therapeutic support for foster carers who care for children and young people with challenging behaviours.

Our Offer to Suffolk Children in Care

This is our offer and promise to all children in care throughout Suffolk

Wanted: Children who foster!

We are children who foster and we need you!