A A- A A+

What is fostering?


Fostering means providing a home and caring for a child or young person who needs looking after on a temporary or permanent basis.

There are around 750 children in care in Suffolk, and a range of different types of fostering possibilities.

Fostering is a challenging, but rewarding experience.

What do foster carers do?


As a foster carer you can make a real difference to a child's life, providing them with the nurturing home life they need to give them every chance of a happy childhood to succeed in life.

We have a community with over 350 carers in Suffolk. It's a big commitment to become a carer, but is extremely worthwhile.


Why become a foster carer?


  • Make a real difference to a child’s life
  • Enrich your own family life by gaining new insights, interests and skills
  • Develop your own skills and career opportunities through support and training, including a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare
  • Be part of a team, the largest family in Suffolk with over 350 foster carers

Read more

Why foster with Suffolk?


  • The council is the longest established provider of fostering services and is accountable to the public. We're focused on maximising local resources rather than maximising profits
  • We have direct access to a range of therapeutic and support services for children and their foster carers
  • We offer 24-hour support and up to 21 days paid leave
  • We have a competitive fees and allowances structure

Read more


Who can become a foster carer? You can be:


  • married, single or living with a partner
  • in full-time or part-time employment, or unemployed
  • male, female or transgender

  • disabled or non-disabled
  • a parent or childless (with experience of looking after children or young people)
  • any race, religion or culture
  • any age over 21 (or 16 for link befriending), and fit enough to meet the needs of the age group you're fostering (age needn’t be a barrier to fostering)

  • a home owner, or living in rented accommodation

Read more

Discover the right type of fostering for you

Read about different types of foster care



 "I have found that it can be a pleasure to plan things for someone else."

- Helen, foster carer

Read Helen's story 

Begin your fostering journey today

Contact us