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 becoming a foster carer in Cumbria.

Let’s talk!

There is a lot to consider when becoming a foster carer, so let us answer your questions and take you step-by-step through the process. Our Cumbria fostering expert, Iain, can offer lots of help and advice for those considering fostering, so you can understand what to expect and why fostering is so important.

Cumbria is home to many vulnerable young people in need of a safe and nurturing family environment. By choosing to become a foster carer in the region, you stand to change a child’s life for the better – and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a foster carer in Cumbria, our friendly team is just a phone call away. To speak to us, call 0808 284 9213 now, or fill in the callback form and we’ll get in touch at a time that suits you.

Your fostering journey starts here – we look forward to hearing from you.

Talk to us today by filling out our contact form. We’ll give you a call, answer any questions you have and go from there.

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Where you’ll find us

From Carlisle and Workington to Barrow-in-Furness, we provide fostering services throughout Cumbria, so wherever you’re based, local support is available to help you on your way. Our team have years of combined experience in foster care, so whatever your query or concern, we’re always here to help.

Fostering a child in Cumbria through the NFA means you can access a range of local services and support groups in your area. Whether you need the knowledge and experience of our trained support workers or simply want to talk with other foster carers in the region – you’re joining a friendly and nurturing fostering community that always puts you and the child first.

The map on the right shows where you can find our offices, training venues and fostering support group centres in Cumbria. You’ll also meet Kath, our learning and development coordinator, who will provide foster care training in your local area and take you through the ins and outs of raising a foster family.

Remember – our team are just a phone call away, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Support group centres

Are you fostering material?

If you’re thinking of fostering in Cumbria, what’s stopping you? People of all ages, cultures and beliefs can foster, and you don’t need any qualifications or specific skills. We just want to know that you can provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child in need.

Think you have what it takes to foster a child in Cumbria? Answer a few questions to find out if you’re up to the challenge. 

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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. For more information on foster care in Cumbria, read our FAQs below or give us a call 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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