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See what we can offer you as a foster carer, including financial benefits, support and training.
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Why foster?

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding journey. The children in our care need foster parents with aspirations for them and a belief that they can reach their full potential.

We don’t need perfect families, we need real people with real personalities, a sense of fun. We're looking for a passion and an ability to provide children in our care with love, patience and a sense of belonging.

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We're a non-profit organisation

Suffolk County Council's fostering service is a non-profit organisation that provides exemplary 24/7 support to its carers.

Fostering for your local authority means supporting the children, teenagers and families from your own communities.

Visit the link below to read about the benefits of fostering with your local council, versus independent fostering agencies.

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Our fostering offer

When you foster with Suffolk's Fostering Service, you will benefit from:
Suffolk's therapeutic fostering support
Giving you the support you need to foster.
Out of hours support helpline
Supporting you 24/7.
Support groups in each area
As well as Mockingbird Family Models currently being set up around Suffolk.
Further benefits
Including a dedicated Social Worker, a range of training and development opportunities, free membership to the Fostering Network and to New Family Social for LGBTQ+ foster carers.

Types of fostering

Discover what type of fostering is right for you, including short-term and permanent foster care.

There are many different types of foster care, from teenagers, sibling groups, children with complex needs, parent and child carers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Our children are all individuals, as is the care that they need. 

Allowances you can get as a foster carer

Find out what weekly payments and benefits we can offer you for your foster care.

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Become a foster carer

If you're ready to talk to us about becoming a foster carer, get in touch.