Foster a child in Bradford!

Interested in becoming a foster carer for children & young people in the Bradford area? You've come to the right place!

Unity Foster Care are a Yorkshire-based independent fostering agency covering all of West Yorkshire!

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Why should you become a foster carer for children in Bradford?

Becoming a foster parent is an incredibly rewarding experience for both the carer and foster child. As a foster carer, you'll be providing invaluable support to a child or young person in need, and help them grow and develop their skills.

Foster children in Bradford urgently need amazing people like you to become a foster parent - will you help us on our mission to find loving homes for every foster child in West Yorkshire?

Who will I foster?

As a foster parent, you could welcome a variety of placement types into your home, including:

  • Babies & toddlers
  • Children
  • Teenagers
  • Siblings
  • Sibling groups (3+)
  • Parent & child

We'll discuss the different foster placement types in the early stages of your application, so you can decide who you would feel more comfortable caring for. Our enhanced matching process allows us to carefully place suitable foster children in the perfect home, to ensure placements are long-lasting and happy!

If you'd like to foster a child in Bradford or find out more about becoming a foster carer, simply get in touch or start your application using the form here!

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Why choose Unity Foster Care?

We think we're pretty amazing, and we know you'll love working with us. But here are just a few reasons you should choose Unity Foster Care as your independent fostering agency!

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Join an amazing team of carers doing incredible things in Bradford!

You'll receive a generous fostering allowance of £350-£750 a week!

FAQs of fostering!

Anyone can foster a child with Unity Foster Care providing you're over the age of 25 with a spare bedroom and a UK citizenship! 

In the telephone screening, we'll go through the basic requirements and what may prevent you from fostering a child, but if you have any concerns, just get in touch!

We ask all our foster carers to have an open mind with who they will foster, as it's more likely we'll need to find homes for children aged 8 and above. If you'd prefer newborn babies, we'd recommend going to your Local Authority!

Unity Foster Care are an LGBTQ+ friendly fostering agency, and we're proud to already work with several same-sex couples and people from the LGBTQ+ community!

We also offer LGBTQ+ training courses to our foster carers, to help them understand the struggles a child may face when accepting their sexuality. To find out more, click here!

The average application takes between 4-6 months to complete, but can differ depending on the situation. However, we like to get you to our fostering panel in the shortest time possible.

There are several stages to the application process, including:

  • Telephone screening/home visit
  • Home assessment
  • References & checks
  • Fostering panel
  • Final decision

You can find out more about the process of becoming a foster carer here!

We'd recommend starting your application as soon as possible to get the ball rolling!

First and foremost, fostering provides a safe, stable and caring home for children who are unable to live with their birth parents. From toddlers to teenagers, thousands of young people are placed into care every year, increasing the demand for foster carers across the UK.

Working closely with the Local Authority, we carefully match foster carers with children to ensure a long-lasting, healthy relationship can be formed, which will ultimately help the young person grow and develop.

The role of a foster carer is about providing security and guidance to a young person in need. You'll be their foster parent, friend, mentor and advisor - all wrapped in one!

As well as a home to live in, you'll also provide financial and emotional support to your foster child, and help them in whatever way they need. This may be homework, new clothes or even just as a friend to talk to when they're upset.

Working with your Supervising Social Worker, you'll ensure your foster child feels safe and secure in their new home. You'll also be responsible for taking them to school/college and keeping a diary of their daily activities, so your SSW and the Local Authority can make sure your foster child is settled and flourishing in their new environment! 

Yes! We understand that welcoming a foster child into your home can have a financial impact. As a guide, we offer between £350-£750 per week when your placement starts. As well as our very generous allowance, we provide free training and regular social events to say thanks for all your hard work!

You can find out more about our fostering pay by visiting our fostering pay and allowances page!