Fostering in Sunderland
Fostering in Sunderland could mean changing the lives of young people in your care.
When you become a foster carer, you are providing children with a stable home where they can recover from any trauma, neglect or abuse they may have experienced. Imagine seeing them regain their confidence at school, or settling into a job that they enjoy? There are lots of ways to make a difference as there are different types of fostering that you could do. Our team of enquiry officers here at TACT will be able to advise you about the types of foster care that would best match your household.
The length of time a young person remains in foster care entirely depends on the reasons as to why they came into care in the first place. Instances of conflict or illness within the family could mean that children only need to be fostered for a short period of time before returning to their family home. Sadly, young people can require care for longer periods – and this can be due to neglect or abuse. TACT are recruiting foster carers in Sunderland in order to provide care and guidance for these vulnerable young people.
Your fostering journey in Sunderland can begin without any formal qualifications as full and ongoing training will be provided. We are a charity, so we reinvest surplus income into providing more training for our fostering households. Some experience of caring for children would be preferable – and you may have other additional skills that you could bring into fostering, such as caring for children with learning or physical disabilities. However, there are also some initial requirements to fulfil in order to start a fostering application. They are:
- To have at least one spare bedroom in your home
- To be aged 21 years or over
- Be a full time resident of the UK
If this sounds like something YOU could do, you could join our Sunderland Fostering 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 Sunderland 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 Sunderland, 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)