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Thinking of Fostering

Some important issues to consider.

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Hartlepool Children's Services are responsible for meeting the needs of approximately 165 children and young people, the majority of whom are cared for in the Borough. Fostering is essential in ensuring that children are cared for in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.  

A number of children who need fostering have experienced difficult backgrounds, including abuse and neglect. Some children can exhibit a range of behavioural and emotional problems.

We need people who are committed to fostering and the demands it makes. It is important that you are realistic about what you can offer a child or young person. We can discuss any queries or concerns you may have. The following are a few examples of issues you may wish to consider before your first home visit:

Have you enough space in your home, particularly bedroom space?  

If you have children, are they happy to share - you, their space, friends and family?  

Do your lifestyle and other commitments lend themselves to change to meet the extra demands of fostering?  

If you are in a relationship, are you both equally committed to fostering?  

What personal qualities do you have to offer?