Keep Darlington Children in Darlington

What is Foster Care?

Foster carers are people approved by the council's fostering service to care for looked after children  up to the age of 18-years and beyond, in their own homes.

The length of time that children can stay with foster carers will vary from child to child.

Foster carers provide a stable, protective environment family environment to a child, meeting all of their needs and helping them to reach their potential.

Step by step guide

Learn about the process through the step by step guide [external link]

Start Your Journey Today 

You can make a big difference to the future of children by becoming a Foster Carer or Supported Lodgings Carer in Darlington.

Darlington Borough Council support their Foster Carers through training, development and payments.

You can find out more on the Darlington Borough Council website fostering pages

Already a Foster Carer?

The online portal for Children's providers, and carers, that deal with the Darlington local authority. 

View, and interact with, contract and service delivery information with the local authority.

Login to the Darlington provider portal

Short term

This is when a foster family cares for a child due to difficulties or illnesses in the family. This varies from an overnight stay, a few weeks or few months.

Long term

Sometimes a child may need to live with a foster family for a longer period of time because they cannot be cared for within their own family.

Foster carers can help by offering a child the chance to grow up in a safe and supportive environment. Where possible there may be opportunity to keep in touch with their family.

Respite foster care

This is where foster carers provide short placements to support other foster carers, for example if they need to have a holiday to “re-charge their batteries”.

Some foster carers prefer to offer a respite care if they are not available all of the time to provide full time placements.

Others provide a respite placement alongside other types of fostering.

Parent and child placement

This is where a parent or parents with a young child all live together in a foster placement.

The foster carer supports the parent to develop the skills they need to care for their child.

The parent would move on when it is deemed they are ready to care for their child independently.

Supported Lodgings

Supported Lodgings providers offer the next step to independence for young people aged 16 – 21 years who are leaving care.

Supported Lodgings

People aged 16–21 years old who are leaving care


Training is held on a monthly basis for prospective foster carers


Learn about the payments for Foster Carers in Darlington


Find out about fostering events, and our frequently asked questions

Take the Quiz

Take the quiz and find out if you're eligible to foster. 


Hear stories from new Foster Carers.

Get in touch

If you would like to enquire about fostering in Darlington to talk about taking the first steps, please visit Foster with North East  or call on 0800 917 7771.