The Fostering process

The Fostering process

Newcastle City Council's Fostering team will be with you every step of the way as you start your fostering journey.

Why should I adopt?

Why should I foster?

Fostering is a life changing decision - for you and your family and also the young people you will care for and support. 

Who can foster?

Who can foster?

It takes a special type of person to foster, Newcastle City Council can help find the type of fostering that suits you and your family the most.

Foster a Future

Newcastle Fostering Service is looking for foster carers in the North East to join our team and provide stability, security and support for children of all ages, backgrounds and different needs. We need carers who can provide long-term, short-term and short break care for teenagers, sibling groups, children with disabilities and children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

We also have our specialist Build a Future service working with children and cusp of residential care. 

We also provide a Supported Lodgings service for young people aged 16 - 18. 

In return, we offer you all the support and training you need with financial packages of up to £400 per week/per child for mainstream fostering and £750 a week for Build a Future whilst you have a young person in placement.

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community in the North East, so you could be pleasantly surprised. All you really need is a big heart and plenty love to give. We recruit foster carers from within a 50-mile radius of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Open Evenings 

Want to learn more about fostering in Newcastle? The unique challenges and brilliant rewards that it brings? Head along to one of our Open Evenings where you can talk through everything with a member of the Fostering Team.

Each open evening will start at 7pm at the Civic Centre in Newcastle, please report to Main Reception where you will be greeted by a Social Worker who will take you to one of the Council's Committee Rooms. There is free parking at the rear of the Civic Centre after 6pm.

Our next Open Evenings are on the following dates, please come along and join us: 

Thursday 8 August 2019

There will be further dates added to this year's programme, please keep checking for updates.

We also host Drop In events around Newcastle upon Tyne, if you are interested in learning more about Fostering, come along and drop in for a chat with our Recruitment & Engagement Officer.  

Newcastle City Library

Charles Avison Building 33 New Bridge Street West NE1 8AX

Tuesday 19 June 2019

4pm to 7pm


Tesco Extra Community Room

 Brunton Ln, Kingston Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 2FP

Tuesday 25 June

5pm to 7pm


Costa Coffee

St James Retail Park, Stamfordham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 2SF

Wednesday 3 July

4pm to 6pm 


Costa Coffee

St James Retail Park, Stamfordham Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE5 2SF

Wednesday 24 July

4pm to 6pm   


Enquire about becoming a Foster Carer

If you live in the North East of England within 50 miles of Newcastle and you'd like to become a foster carer, please complete our fostering enquiry form or call 0191 277 2430.

Phone: 0191 277 2430


Fostering Statement of Purpose (pdf, 596kb) 

Our Promise to Foster Carers (pdf, 266kb)