Fostering in the North East

There are approximately 4,000 children and young people across the North East who cannot be looked after by their own family. This could be because of illness or family breakdowns or because they have experienced some form of neglect. At TACT we believe that every one of them deserves a stable and loving home which is why we are actively looking for foster carers in all areas of the North East of England.

Approximately 1 in 5 children who come into care will be placed more than 50 miles from their home. At TACT we recognise the importance to children and young people of maintaining links with their families, with other important people in their lives, and with their communities and as such believe that all children and young people living in care should be placed in their local area.

It is estimated that approximately 475 additional foster families will be needed in the North East in 2016, so if you have a spare bedroom, a caring nature and energy to provide a child with a happy home, get in touch – we believe you could become an amazing foster carer!

We particularly want to hear from prospective carers in Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton. In addition foster carers are urgently needed in more rural areas such as Alnwick and Berwick, to allow children to be placed with families in their local area.

We would ideally like to hear from people who would like to care for children aged five years and over, sibling groups or children with complex needs.

The North East Local Authorities are split across two framework contracts which TACT are a part of both. The NE7 is an open framework without tiers and focuses on finding the best match in the most local area for the child. TACT  has an excellent Tier 2 positioning on the Tees Valley Contract which we aim to improve with the recruitment of more foster carers in the area.

Why foster with TACT?

At TACT we are more than just a fostering agency, as a charity we put children at the heart of everything that we do and all of our surplus income goes back into services for our carers and the children that they look after.

Foster carers come to us for many reasons, they stay with us – because we help them do the most rewarding job in the world. Together we transform the lives of children and young people, giving them the chance to lead happy, loving, fulfilled lives.

As a TACT foster carer you will benefit from:

24/7 support ensuring that whatever you face as a foster carer you are never alone
• A competitive professional fee, worked out depending on the detail of each placement
• An excellent training package, tailored to your needs and those of the children placed with you
• Regular meetings and support groups, giving you the chance to meet other foster carers and share experience
• Dedicated events for the children in your care, giving them the chance to meet other fostered children

Our Office:

TACT is the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity, with offices throughout England, Scotland and Wales we support more than 500 foster carers. Our registered office is now based in Gateshead, but we have Home-based Social Workers throughout the North East. You can rest assured knowing that wherever you are, we have highly skilled staff ready to support you through your fostering journey. Find out more in our Statement of Purpose.

TACT North East
Unit 11
Vance Business Park
Norwood Road
Tyne & Wear
NE11 9NE