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Fostering in Leeds

Children need fostering in Leeds and the surrounding area. We have opportunities for experienced foster carers and also people who haven’t fostered before. We offer 24/7 support, peer support and free training.

Becoming a foster carer in Leeds

If you’re considering becoming a foster parent, choose a fostering agency with local teams who will be with you every step.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK with superb agency coverage across all regions – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

One of the most established fostering agencies in Leeds, we work with local authorities to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive.

As a foster carer with us, you’ll have unparalleled access to professional support and excellent free training in and around Leeds. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

On top of this, carers who are fostering in Leeds have a large and active peer network that includes more than a dozen local support groups.

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The foster agency near you: NFA North

NFA North is part of the largest independent fostering group in the UK, covering all of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Despite its size, the agency prides itself on offering a personal touch to each of its careers, ensuring that they are listened to and their needs are met. NFA North’s recruitment officers, Jamie and Megan, have a wealth of experience and use that to offer support from the very beginning to ensure new carer’s are communicated with through every step of the application process and beyond.

How much is the fostering allowance in Leeds?

Our average foster carer pay is around £24,500 a year (£2,040 on average per month), which is far higher than the government’s recommended weekly allowance. For most foster carers in Leeds, this will be tax free! Some types of fostering placement pay more than £35,000 a year. Foster carer pay doesn’t affect state benefits you’re currently receiving.

I love having teenagers. You can have banter with them, sometimes they open up and you can talk things through with them about their past and future. Sometimes it’s possible to use humour to diffuse a situation. I tried that with one of teenage girls we had who was a runaway. She sulked all night but she didn’t run away after that. Later she told people that this was the only place she’s been truly loved.

Carol, foster carer, Leeds

UK fostering

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. With training, support and a generous fostering allowance, they provide homes where children can thrive and experience the childhood they deserve. More than 8,000 new foster carers are needed UK-wide to provide homes for children in need of a foster family. If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, now’s the time.

Source: The Fostering Network

Fostering in Leeds: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in Leeds, your next step is to have a chat. You can book a call by using our enquiry form. After this, if you decide to go ahead with an application, this usually takes around 16 weeks and we’ll help you every step of the way. We’ll help you decide what types of fostering you want to do and we’ll even get you started with foster carer training.

Can I foster in Leeds?

We are looking for foster carers in Leeds. We welcome people from ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, physical abilities and the LGBT+ community. You can be single, married, a homeowner or a tenant. Your ability to care for and nurture a child is what really matters. If you’ve worked in sectors like education, the emergency services, care or healthcare, you’ll be especially suited to this role.

Fostering agencies in Leeds

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our fostering agency in Leeds, NFA North, has been rated as GOOD by Ofsted
  • Our foster carers across the area have access to around 12 foster parent support groups
  • We empower our foster carers to meet positive outcomes for looked-after children
  • Our regional office in Elland, Huddersfield, has a family feel with support 24/7
  • You will receive a generous fostering allowance for a child in your care
  • People from all walks of life are suitable to become a foster parent
  • Many types of fostering are available in Leeds, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

I feel really fortunate to work for National Fostering Group. They have really invested in me and my development. And because they are a national agency, I’ve had opportunities nationally. I’ve formed links with colleagues in the North West and Uxbridge in London.

I deal with some very complex cases, but we have an excellent support network to help us deal with them and I know I can always call on the therapeutic team and our experienced managers.

No one comes into social work for an easy or quiet life. My role is exciting and challenging and I have the tools and support I need to be able to deal with these challenges effectively. I’ve not found anything else that compares holistically and practically to the role I’m doing now.

Sam, supervising social worker in Yorkshire

Fostering statistics

Around 5,720 children live with a foster family in Yorkshire & the Humber. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

Fostering in Leeds and Yorkshire

Dozens of children and young people are awaiting foster parents in Leeds; hundreds across Yorkshire and The Humber.

National Fostering Group has local offices that support foster carers across Yorkshire, including Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield, Scunthorpe, Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Harrogate and York. Our specialist fostering teams also support carers in Rotherham, Northumberland, Whitby, Hornsea, Bridlington, Scarborough, East Riding and every town in between.

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