Fostering can brighten a child’s world

There are children and young people in our communities living in very difficult circumstances. Fostering provides children and young people who cannot live with their own families with an alternative home where they can feel valued, respected and cared for.

Foster Carers come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

The Trust is now looking for flexible, resilient individuals and couples who can give time, love, fun and security. We need respite, short-term and long-term carers for children of all ages, including sibling groups and those with disabilities. We welcome enquiries whether you are single, married/co-habiting, do or do not have children of your own. Applications will be considered irrespective of religious/ethnic background or sexual orientation.

In return, we offer: 

        • Financial Allowances 
        • 24 Hour Support; and 
        • Expert Training

Professional Foster Carers also receive an additional fee. Help brighten up a child's world, don't rule yourself out!

As a carer you will need to be:

Fun & Flexible

Optimistic & Open

Sensible & Sensitive

Tactful & have Time

Energetic & Enthusiastic

Resourceful & Reliable

Interested & have Integrity

Not easily stressed

Generous & Giving



Meet Foster Parents, Ruth and Chris

Ruth and Chris have been fostering within the Intensive Support Fostering Scheme (ISF) for the past four years. The scheme is based within the South Eastern Trust, and provides foster placements for young people aged from 10 to 18 years of age. Ruth and Chris decided to explore the ISF Scheme as Ruth had been working in the area of social care and was looking for a new experience in this field.

Making the decision

“We had room for a young person”, Ruth said, “and we wanted to offer a safe and secure home where we could provide love and attention.” Chris adds, “There are challenges with fostering, but it’s great to get an understanding that every young person is an individual. Getting to know them is very important”.

Seeing the rewards

Ruth says, “You can really see the results and how a young person can change and grow just from sharing your home and your life with them.”

To view the Support & Development Programme for Foster Carers, please click here

Our Foster Carer support groups provide the opportunity to meet other foster carers, share your experiences and learn from others. If you would like to join our support groups click here for more information.

Click here to view the July 2017 Fostering Newsletter.
Click here to view the February 2018 Fostering Newsletter.



If you are interested in caring for a child, you probably have lots of questions.
You can find out much more about fostering for the South Eastern Trust by calling the Fostering Duty Officer on 028 9127 0672 or by visiting