Could you be the difference?

We currently have close to 1500 looked after children in Liverpool and we need more foster carers to provide support, love and care to children who need it the most. As a foster carer you'll be making an extraordinary difference to the lives of local children.

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Sons and Daughters Month

If you've been thinking about fostering and wondering what it might be like for your children, or you'd just like to hear a young person's view on being a foster family, listen to our chat with Anna, who gives a very open, honest and inspiring account of what it's like to be the daughter of foster carers!

Outstanding exam results for Ana!

3 years ago Ana arrived in the U.K. as a 12 year old unaccompanied asylum seeker, with her two sisters.  After finding the perfect foster carer and home with Linda, Ana has passed all her GCSE’s with outstanding results!

Caring for Black and Mixed Heritage Children

In Black History Month, Foster carer Alison shared with us how she proactively encourages Elle to feel positive and proud of her ethnic and cultural background.

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Sisters shine with determination and passion

Chloe (18) and her sister Jenna (16) have been living with foster carers Karen and Chris since they were 8 and 10.  With the support of Karen and Chris, the girls have worked hard to overcome many challenges, and they are now looking forward to pursuing futures in things they are passionate about.

Women's Hour
BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour talks to Alison

Liverpool Foster Carer, Alison, speaks to BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour about her own experiences of fostering as a wheelchair user, including some initial challenges and inspirational achievements.

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Phil talks fostering to Liverpool Live 24/7

Foster carer Phil, speaks to Pauline Daniels about his family's journey to foster, and some of the heartbreaking and heartwarming stories aloing the way.

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Lockdown thoughts from a foster carer

Over the 15 months he lived with us, we also showed him a world where there was always enough to eat, you’d always be warm, and where people would not hurt you. I guess that child had lived in a permanent “lockdown”, which ended when he came to live with us.

Online Zoom Events
Looking to find out more about fostering?

Now more than ever we're looking for foster carers to provide safe and caring homes to Liverpool's most vulnerable children. We've made changes to the way we do things, to ensure we're still able to support applicants through their fostering journey. If you'd like to find out more, why not attend one of our online events?

Educational and fun activities

During a challenging time like this, it’s heart-warming to see so many people connect to share ideas and support each other. We’ve selected some of the best ideas and we’ll keep updating this page over the coming weeks.

Back to school
Top tips for preparing children for their return to school

For all children this has been a strange time, and returning to school maybe increasing their worries. Our family support workers have shared some ideas to help you prepare children for their return to school.

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Giving our young people choice has really worked

Even under ‘normal’ circumstances, Paula is super organised, because she is a foster carer for an 11yr old and two 14yr olds, with different and busy schedules.  Paula has applied the same approach to maintaining a routine during the pandemic, and she told us how it's working for them.

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Thank you to our Foster Carers!

We wanted to take the opportunity during Foster Care Fortnight to share a massive THANK YOU, to acknowledge the commitment and support that has been shown by our foster carers, especially during this testing time.

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Children's Poetry Competition

We've had so many fabulous entires to our Children in Care Council's poetry competition!  These brilliant poems give us an insight into life during a pandemic, through a child / young persons eyes.

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How will fostering affect my children?

We are often asked ‘how will fostering effect my children’?  So during ‘Sons and Daughters’ month, we wanted to share Anna’s very honest insight into what it's like growing up within a foster family.

Madlug News
Children in care are incredible!

No ones life should fit in a bin bag, and so that's why with the help of Madlug, we are giving out bags for every Liverpool child in care to use.  They are not just practical, but also carry a very powerful and important message!

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Covid19 - Key Contacts and resources

We've gathered all the key contacts, and information resources for foster carers, to provide support during this challenging time.

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2019 Christmas Party

On the 4th December over 500 Liverpool children and their foster carers attended the impressive St George’s Hall for another evening of festive fun!

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Reflective Fostering with NSPCC

Liverpool City Council Fostering Service are the first in the North West to offer a 'Reflective Fostering' course, in partnership with NSPCC.  The programme launched this year and in a phased approach it will be offered to all of Liverpool's Foster Carers.

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BBC research into private fostering firms

The BBC recently looked into the fostering sector, and rising concern about 'private equity foster care firms. Their research included an interview with one of our foster carers, Linda - who transferred to become a local authority foster carer after initially fostering with an independent agency.

Roald Dahl Day
Roald Dahl Day 2019

Roald Dahl’s hero's like Matilda, Sophie and James, have amazing adventures, but in reality our hearts always melt when they experience love, care, and a sense of belonging. Something every child deserves....A foster carer has shared his thoughts about why these characters appeal to our most basic and caring instincts.

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Liverpool children’s Christmas party 2018

On the 28th November, around 600 Liverpool children and young people and their foster carers attended the impressive St George’s Hall for an evening of festive fun!

Madlug Delivery
From Madlug with Love

A shipment of 1000 bags recently made its way from Madlug's (Make a Difference Luggage) offices in Northern Ireland to our Fostering Service, who will be delighted to distribute the bags with their powerful, positive message to local children in care.

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Foster carers lead recruitment drive

On Thursday 28th March, a special round-table conference with partners and stakeholders such as children’s organisations including the NSPCC, was held at the Town Hall.

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Foster children dream big for Giants

Dozens of looked-after young people from Liverpool and their carers will be having a picnic with the Giants on Friday 5 October - on specially created blankets adorned with their hopes and aspirations for the future.