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Fostering is a way of providing vulnerable local children with a safe and caring place to live.
All children have the right to feel safe and to be cared for by their families, but sometimes this isn't possible, for a variety of reasons. We really need foster carers to help give these children a secure and supportive home, whether it's for a few days or for the rest of their childhood.
Fostering is hard work, but also very rewarding. We treasure the day-to-day moments with our loved-ones, and caring for foster children is no different. Like when the child in your care smiles at you for the first time, or trusts you enough to tell you their story - the moments that show that you're really making a difference to a vulnerable child's life.
What does a foster carer do?
As a foster carer you will need to:
Life as a foster carer
Our carers are the best people to tell you about fostering. They can talk about the ups and downs of caring for foster children and have a wealth of experience to share. See the life as a foster carer page to find out about life as a carer and what it means to them and their families.
In the video clip below, Ruth and Bill Clough talk about the best bits about fostering a child.
Fostering - more information