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What is a foster carer?

A foster carer is someone who looks after children and young people who cannot live with their birth family. If you think you could provide a safe home environment for a child to grow and learn, we would love to hear from you.


We are part of Bradford Children and Families Trust, which was launched in April 2023 and is dedicated to the well-being of Bradford's children and young people. So you can feel assured that our team is ready to handle any enquiry you may have. We’re also 100% non-profit, which means every penny of funding we receive directly impacts the lives of children in the Bradford district. 


Download an information pack or book a call back to learn more about fostering in Bradford.

You Can Foster If...

You have a spare bedroom in your home.

You are aged over 21.

You speak, read and write English to a good standard.

You love looking after and caring for children.


Do you think that could be you? We’d be delighted to hear from you. 

How Much Are Foster Carers Paid?

Our foster carers are paid a competitive fee to look after children in the Bradford district. 


​Once experienced, you could be earning up to £561 per week to care for children, while part-time foster carers are paid for each session they look after a child or young person. 


We also pay a retainer fee for up to 12 weeks on the rare occasion you are not looking after a child. 


Download a rates sheet and learn more about our fees and allowances or book a call back with one of team to walk you through how the payment structures work.

What Makes A Good Foster Carer?

A good foster carer is a trustworthy, honest and friendly person. 


They also relish new opportunities and enjoy learning new skills.

Most importantly - a good foster carer loves working with and caring for children and young people.


Read about our amazing carers who come from all different backgrounds and walks of life here.

During a call back, we’ll discuss your fostering options with you, so you can make the right decision for you and your family.


Alongside learning more about what it’s like to be a foster carer for us, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask our fostering experts any questions you may have.


This is the first step in the fostering process, and all calls are confidential. If you decide fostering isn’t for you - that’s absolutely fine! 

How Much Time Do I Need To Dedicate?

Depending on the type of fostering, our foster carers look after children for a minimum of 8 sessions a month. This includes evenings, overnights and at least one weekend.


Our full-time foster carers look after children 24 hours a day.


To provide respite to our carers, we offer annual leave and have a supportive community of other carers who are always willing to help. 


Would you like to learn more about day to day life as a foster carer?


Download an information pack now.

Would You Like To Find Out More About Becoming A Foster Carer With Foster for Bradford?

If you have any further questions about fostering or wish to start your fostering journey with Foster for Bradford, please book an information call back with one of our expert fostering advisors. 


Our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you!

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