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Fostering in York

Scores of children and young people need fostering in York – can you help? We offer foster local training, 24/7 support, peer support, and the opportunity to be the best you can be in your role.

Becoming a foster carer in York

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer in York, choose to work with a fostering agency that has friendly local teams who will support you all the way.

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. 

We are the leading fostering agency in the York area and work in partnership with local authorities to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive. 

As a foster carer for the National Fostering Group, you’ll have unparallelled access to professional support and excellent free foster carer training on your doorstep. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

In addition, you’ll have access to a large and active peer network that includes several local support groups.

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The foster agency near you: NFA North

NFA North is a well-established fostering agency that supports foster carers and children in Yorkshire, including York and the surrounding areas. Foster children are carefully matched to their foster carers, who get 24/7 support if they need it. The team feels like a family and puts on plenty of events.

How much is the fostering allowance in York?

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 York, 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 the 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 in Yorkshire

Fostering in York: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in York, 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 York?

We are looking for foster carers in York. 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 York

Fostering in North Yorkshire

Scores of children are currently fostered or waiting to find foster parents in the York area. National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK. Our team supporting fostering in Middlethorpe, Bishopthorpe, Bilbrough, Copmanthorpe, Haxby, New Earswick, Heslington and Foxwood.

Working for the National Fostering Group, means I am happy to get up every morning and do my job. Both the team I work with and the foster carers I supervise, we are a family and we all work together to make sure the young people have the best possible future.

Kate, Supervising Social Worker in Yorkshire

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 9,000 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 statistics in Yorkshire & The Humber 

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

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