Make new memories – be a foster carer

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Calderdale needs more foster carers, to provide loving family homes for local children and young people and to make new memories that will last a lifetime.

Since autumn 2020, Calderdale Council has seen a significant reduction in the number of people asking about becoming a foster carer.

This Foster Care Fortnight (10 to 23 May), the Council has launched a campaign calling for more people to come forward to offer the support and stability that could transform a fostered child’s life.

The theme of the campaign is ‘Making new memories’. From a family trip to the beach to a child’s first school photo, sharing experiences with a foster child or teenager can help them to flourish and is incredibly rewarding for the foster carer.

The Council is looking for foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and has friendly and experienced staff to support them every step of the way. It offers an extensive online training programme, foster carer support groups, one-to-one social worker support and professional development opportunities.

Foster carers receive generous allowances to recognise their skills and to cover their expenses, making fostering an option for anyone looking for a new start.

To find out more about the benefits of fostering in Calderdale and to register your interest, please visit or call 01422 266020 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

If you want to know what it’s like being a foster carer, you can read the personal account of local residents Joanne and Craig Dye here.

We look forward to hearing from you!