We need more people from across Doncaster communities to come forward and foster. If you have the skills, and space in your homes and hearts to care for our most vulnerable children at a time when they need it the most, fostering could be for you!

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Fostering can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. It not only changes the lives of the children who are fostered, it can also change your life too.

We believe that if children need to come into care, where it is in their best interest, they should stay living in near the people and places they know. We can only do this with your help. 

Here are some of the reasons to foster with us: 

You'll be supported every step of way.

From your initial application and throughout your time fostering with us we will be there to support you. When a child is placed in your care, you will have access to expert advice 24/7, 365 days a year to support you to provide the child with the best possible care.

You'll get to develop your skills and  your expertise through our training programme and regular support groups, which will help give you a greater understanding of how to support the children in your care. 

You'll receive a generous allowance to support the child in your care.

As well as tax relief and payments to cover additional expenses such as the child's birthday.  You can find out more about the financial support we offer our carers on our How we will look after you page.

You'll be welcomed into Doncaster's largest fostering community of experienced foster carers.  

You'll be a part of a large network of support of foster carers and support groups. You will automatically get a membership to the Doncaster Foster Carers’ Association, which offers a weekly youth club and loads of events for our foster families to enjoy together throughout the year. 

We are 100% not-for-profit

This means our focus on the best interest of the child and the carer. 

You'll have shorter gaps between placements

We will always try to match children with our foster carers first. We have recruited, assessed and trained our carers and therefore know they will be able to meet the needs of our children. 

Our foster carers therefore have shorter gaps between placements, developing their skills and expertise.

Mockingbird - creating an extended fostering family

Creating extended fostering families for some of our carers through Mockingbird, brings together up to ten foster families to form a 'satellite foster family'. At the heart of each foster family is a hub home where a specially recruited and trained foster carer supports other carers within the 'foster family' by offering respite care, social activities or just a familiar friend who is there to offer support and advice. 

You can combine work and fostering

You can work and foster as long as long as you have the flexibility needed so you can be there for a child when they need it.

You'll be doing something amazing 

All our foster carers talk with a great sense of passion and pride about the difference they have made in a child's life. Read more about the experiences of our foster carers on our Meet our carers page.

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Start your fostering journey today...

Take the first steps towards fostering by registering your interest:

Register your interest

Call our fostering team on 01302 737 789 or email FosterFor@doncaster.gov.uk We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

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