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What is fostering?

​​​​Fostering is a way of caring for other people's children and young people away from their family home.

As all children are different the reasons why they need to be with foster carers can be different. It can range from a child needing somewhere to go at the weekend when the parent is in hospital or to a short-term placement when the family is in difficulty or a more permanent placement supporting the child onto independence.

Fostering can be challenging and demanding but it can also be enjoyable and extremely rewarding. Our priority is always about getting the right match to meet the needs of both the child and the carer. A foster carers role is to work alongside the local authority in supporting the child to achieve their full potential in a safe, secure and stable home; this can be on a respite, short-term or long-term basis.

What is the difference between fostering and adoption?

Foster carers provide the day to day care and support to a child or young person in their home. However the child usually remains the legal responsibility of the local authority.

Adoption means you become the legal parent to the child. Once you adopt you assume all responsibility for the child. However, adoptive parents, adoptive children and birth relatives can call upon the local authority for help and support as and when needed.

Make a fostering enquiry


0300 303 1000

Fostering Team
Fashion Corner
57-59 Drake Street
Rochdale OL16 1PA