Fostering in Calderdale!

Live in Brighouse, Halifax or elsewhere in the Calderdale region? We're recruiting foster carers in your area!

If you're interested in becoming a foster carer, just get in touch or start your application below!

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

There's a high demand for foster carers in areas such as Todmorden, Halifax, Brighouse and Elland; and we urgently need wonderful people like you to join our fostering agency. Whether you're interested in fostering because you've always wanted to work with children, or your own kids have flown the nest, you could make a huge difference to a foster child's life by becoming a foster parent.

Who can become a foster carer?

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to join our agency, providing you fit our basic eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 25+
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Be a UK citizen

Ideally, we'd love you to be able to drive too - but this can be assessed on a case by case basis. It doesn't matter if you're single, married, a member of the LGBTQ+ community or have children of your own; as long as you can provide a safe, loving home to a foster child in the West Yorkshire area, we want to hear from you!

Ready to foster a child? Apply now!

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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!

We're proud to support the LGBTQ+ community on their fostering journey!

We offer a generous fostering allowance to all our foster parents!

We provide training courses to ensure our carers feel prepared for their new role!

You'll receive a free FosterTalk membership when you foster with us!

FAQs of fostering!

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!

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!

Whilst we do occasionally need to find homes for babies and toddlers, it's more common for us to place children aged 8+. Therefore, we ask all our potential applicants to have an open mind with who they will foster! 

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! 

Anyone can become a foster carer! As long as you're over the age of 25 with a spare bedroom and a UK citizenship, you're eligible for fostering! 

Unity Foster Care are an inclusive agency and welcome all applicants, including single parents, senior couples and members of the LGBTQ+ community!

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!