At Middlesbrough Council, we passionately believe that every child should have a safe, secure, and stable environment in which to grow and achieve their dreams. When you choose to foster with us you can make a real difference to the lives of children where you live. We always look to place children with our own foster carers first, helping to ensure that our carers’ and our children’s needs are met.
Every child and their family situation is different, and there are many types of fostering to meet their needs. You can find out about the different types of fostering below:
Short term fostering
Some of our children need foster care for a short period of time; this could be anything from one night to many months, and is unique to each child’s situation.
Long term fostering
When a child isn’t able to return to live with their family, it’s often in their best interests to live with a foster carer in their home long term, as they may not want to be adopted, or they may want to keep some positive contact with their family.
Sometimes families are under stress, and as a local authority, we’ll try to support them to enable them to stay together long term. Respite care for brief, regular periods of time supports a child and can help prevent their family breaking down.
Short break care for children with disabilities
Families with disabled children can sometimes welcome a regular break to support them in caring for a child with additional physical and emotional needs.
Parent and child fostering
Supported Lodgings helps young adults aged 17 to 25 who have left care (and are eligible for Care Leaving Service) to gain independence. The young person lives with an individual or family that can provide a supportive home during this time which could be from a few months up to a few years.
What could fostering bring to your life?
Fostering can change your life. Developing a bond with a child and changing their life at a time when they need it most can be an amazing experience.
While the ultimate reward of fostering is the bond established between a foster carer and a child, we also offer many benefits to ensure you, your foster child, and your family are fully supported and can enjoy your time together.