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Why foster with Suffolk?

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.

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

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

You will be part of a whole team of professionals within the service that are working together to provide the best outcomes for our children.

Our fostering offer

When you foster with Suffolk's Fostering Service, you can get:

  • Suffolk’s therapeutic fostering support

  • tier level payments

  • 24 hour helpline by fostering staff

  • a foster career pathway

  • the same benefits as Suffolk County Council employees

  • additional leave for Suffolk Council Council staff who are also foster carers

  • 21 days paid respite

  • support groups in each area, as well as Mockingbird Family Models currently being set up around Suffolk

  • an assigned social worker

  • a range of training and development opportunities (PDF, 216KB)

  • opportunities to be involved with training and supporting other carers

  • a weekly newsletter

  • free membership to the Fostering Network

  • free membership to New Family Social for LGBT foster carers

If you are a foster carer thinking of transferring to Suffolk, read about transferring to Suffolk.

Further information:

“84% of all foster carers have never considered moving to another agency.”

– Suffolk Foster Carer Survey 2017

Arrange to speak to a foster carer or adoptive parent 

Call us: 01473 264800

Email us: fosterandadopt@suffolk.gov.uk

You can also leave feedback about our website.

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