Becoming a foster carer in Cumbria

Almost 700 local children need people like you

Foster children in Cumbria need loving homes in local places, but almost a quarter of them have to move outside the area. With our support, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, you can make a difference by fostering in Cumbria.

Let’s talk!

There’s lots to consider when becoming a foster carer, so let us answer your questions. Your Cumbria fostering expert, Iain, can tell you what’s required, what you can expect and why fostering is so important

If you'd like to know more about fostering in Cumbria, fill in our callback form and we'll give you a ring. If you’d prefer to call us and talk straight away, call Iain on 0808 284 9213. 

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Where you’ll find us

We offer fostering services throughout Cumbria, from Carlisle and Workington to Barrow in Furness, so wherever you're based we can offer you local support to help you on your way.

You’ll meet Kath, our learning and development coordinator, who will provide foster care training in your local area and take you through raising a foster family. And you’ll have local supporting social workers who'll come to visit you at home too.

Training venues
Support group centres

Are you fostering material?

You’ll need to be compassionate and patient to become a foster carer, but your cultural background and qualifications don’t play a part in deciding your suitability.

Take our two-minute quiz to see if you have what it takes to foster a child.

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You’re perfect!

You’re not quite ready yet

It sounds like you’ve got the love to give and the time to spare. So we’d love to invite you to start your journey as a foster carer with us.

You need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to all the questions in our quiz to become a foster carer. Get in touch for some friendly advice about making the necessary changes to start your journey with us

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What would you like to know?

You’re on the road to a more rewarding life that makes a real difference to local children. And we’re here to answer any questions you have. So either find the answers below or give us a call Iain on 0808 284 9213 to learn more about fostering in Cumbria.

What’s it like to be a foster family?

Discover what it means to create a loving foster family by reading about the challenges and victories of our real life foster parents. Our foster carers are based all over the UK, from Cumbria and the North West to Yorkshire and the North East, and every single one of them is an everyday life-changer.

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Kevin's story

When Kevin first came into my life, he changed me forever, and I like to think I changed him too.

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David's Story

My husband Mike and I currently foster a 17-year-old unaccompanied asylum seeking young person called David.

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Laura's story

Laura came to us straight from hospital as a 2-year-old who was the size of a 3-month old baby due to severe neglect.

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