Fostering is where you look after a child or young person who is unable to live with their own family. They may have experienced abuse, trauma or neglect and now need a safe, stable and loving home where they can recover and begin to rebuild their childhood.

A child could come to live with you for a few days, a few months or until they reach adulthood.

There are lots of different types of fostering. Some are part time, where you may be able to keep working and some are full time. There are also opportunities to care for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs.

To carry out the role of a foster carer you’ll be supported by a highly professional team of social workers and offered on-going training. You will work as part of a team of professionals, working together to create a better future for Bradford’s children and young people.

As a foster care for Bradford Council you will be classed as self-employed and will receive a fostering fee and allowances for the child. Although you’ll be paid, fostering isn’t a typical 9-5 job, it requires 24/7 commitment and care.