Could you foster a child in York?

Live in York, and interested in becoming a foster carer for children in your area? Unity Foster Care are a Yorkshire-based agency recruiting now!

Start your application here, or read on to find out more about why you should foster a child with Unity Foster Care!

Foster carers welcoming foster child to family

Why should you become a foster carer for children & young people in York?

There are many reasons why you should become a foster carer, but ultimately it's about helping a child truly thrive in life. As a foster parent in York, you can give a young person the support they need to learn and grow throughout their childhood years, and excel in society!

Am I eligible for fostering?

As long as you meet our basic eligibility criteria, you could become a foster carer with Unity Foster Care!

Our requirements:

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

And that's it! Ideally, we'd also love for you to be able to drive, so you can help the foster child get to school and appointments. However, we look at this on a case-by-case basis!

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

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

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

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!

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.

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!

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! 

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!

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!