Fostering in Stockton-on-Tees
If making a real difference is important to you, becoming a foster carer in Stockton-on-Tees will enable you to change young people’s lives.
Being a foster carer means providing young people with a stable home, and giving them the care and support they need to recover from any trauma they may have experienced. There is no single reason as to why children come into care, so there are lots of different types of fostering that you could do. At TACT, we have a team of enquiry officers who will be able to help and advise you about the types of foster care that would work best for you and your household.
Young people enter the care system for different lengths of time, depending on the reasons why they came into care in the first place. Sometimes, a conflict between parents within the home may mean that children need to be removed for a short period of time, whilst that conflict is resolved. Sadly, young people can require care for longer periods due to neglect or abuse – sometimes even both. TACT are recruiting foster carers in Stockton-on-Tees in order to provide care and guidance for these vulnerable young people.
To start your fostering journey in Stockton, you don’t need any formal qualifications as full training will be provided. As a charity, we reinvest surplus income into providing more training for our fostering households. However, some previous experience of caring for children would be preferable. There are also some initial requirements to fulfil in order to start a fostering application. They are:
- To be aged 21 years or over
- To have at least one spare bedroom in your home
- Be a full time resident of the UK
If this sounds like something YOU could do, you could join our Fostering Stockton-on-Tees team!
TACT North East foster carer Chris discusses below the support and guidance she has received from TACT, and how she felt ‘ready’ for her first fostering placement.
Why foster in Stockton-on-Tees with TACT?
TACT is the UK’s largest dedicated fostering charity. We reinvest any surplus income into providing more support and training for foster carers interested in fostering.
As one of the leading fostering agencies in Stockton-on-Tees, we provide our foster parents with training and support that is local to them – to enable them to change young people’s lives. Because we reinvest surplus income, we can provide additional support over and above what is required of a fostering charity, such as a dedicated education service and an online foster carer portal. We are even currently developing our own specialist health service.
We’re more than just a fostering agency – we go above and beyond to look after our foster carers and the children they provide care for. Our TACT Connect service ensures that when children leave the care system, they have TACT’s support for life.
This is why 96% of our carers would recommend us to others thinking of fostering.
“After doing some research into other fostering agencies and charities, I came across TACT. The views of the CEO which were very child-centred reflected my own, while the fact that TACT is a charity was very important to me. I would not have transferred to a profit-based organisation, so I liked the fact that any money which TACT made was reinvested into their young people and foster families.”
– Foster Carer (North East)