Fostering in Liverpool

We are the local authority fostering service for Liverpool City Council, and we currently have 1500 looked after children in Liverpool.

We need more foster carers to provide stable and loving homes for children aged 0-16 years, from all kinds of backgrounds, including unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

When you foster with Liverpool, you'll help keep children in their own communities, giving them access to familiar things, helping them maintain their friendships and education, making their childhood as normal as possible for them.

If you'd like to pursue a rewarding role as a foster carer, we will support you every step of the way by providing;

  • A dedicated fostering social worker and family support worker
  • Access to support services are all under one roof, giving quick and smooth access to education support, mental health support, plus a 24hr support service.
  • Pre and post-approval training
  • Competitive skills and children's allowance payments
  • Council tax exemption
  • Up to £500 set up fee per child
  • Local support groups and social events
  • Free Lifestyles membership, access to a holiday caravan and much more..

Find out more below or contact us for more information.


One to One Support

When you are approved as a foster carer with us, a dedicated supervising social worker and family support worker will support you every step of the way. They are in regular contact for day to day support, and they're also able to introduce you to a wider network of specialist partner services within the council.  Including education, health, police, CAMHS services etc... A 24-hour support line is also available.

The fostering service has backup from social workers and behaviour specialists, there’s lots of support out there. You don’t have to do it alone

Alison, Foster carer

You'll recieve full training

We provide a pre-approval training course during the application process called ‘skills to foster’, to give you a real insight into the life of a foster carer, and a child in care before you take on the role.  Once you are approved, there are many opportunities to learn and develop your skills across a wide range of topics, which are reflected and rewarded with our skills-based payment structure.  Read more about our support and training here

Skills-based payments structure

As a foster carer with Liverpool, you’ll receive a skills-based professional fee, which increases as you gain experience and attend training to develop your skills. You’ll also receive an allowance per foster child to contribute towards day-to-day expenses.  

Finding the right kind of fostering for you

During the application process, we learn about the type of fostering that would suit your skills, experience, and lifestyle, and this is taken into account to make sure the fostering placement works equally well for you and the children.  

You will become part of a great fostering community

When you foster for Liverpool you’ll enjoy the chance to meet and socialise with other foster families, at regular foster carer forums, social events such as a Christmas party, and join in competitions to win tickets to the theatre and sporting events!  Regular foster carer forums are a great way to meet other carers and learn from each other and professionals in a relaxed and social environment. 

I would like to say a massive thank you for inviting us to the Christmas Party. Our children enjoyed themselves so much. My eldest moaned about having to go, but once there it was such an eye opener when she saw so many children and realised it’s not just her who is in foster care.

Foster carer

Additional benefits

We know that looking after children can be costly so we offer some useful benefits for our foster families.  When you foster with Liverpool you are exempt from paying council tax, everyone in the fostering household can benefit from a free Lifestyles membership, discount cards, mileage payments, and up to £500 set up fee when you welcome a new child into your home. 

We also have a holiday caravan at Presthaven Beach Resort, which is available for our foster families to use!

Foster Talk or Fostering Network Membership

You'll have the choice of a membership to the two leading fostering charities; Foster Talk and Fostering Network,  They offer lots of free and independent support, ranging from help with your tax return to free legal advice.

If you're already a foster carer

If you’re currently a foster carer with an agency and would like to transfer to Liverpool, we would invite you to get in touch.  After Linda transferred from a fostering agency, she told us about her experiences fostering with Liverpool.


Contact us

If you’ve got the passion and commitment to make a really positive difference to a child’s life, we’d love to hear from you.

Call us on 0151 515 0000 or just fill in a few details below, and we’ll contact you within 48 hours.

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