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What is Fostering?

Fostering for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole means changing lives for the better

Fostering is not to be confused with adoption. Children who are fostered still have a family of their own, but there are reasons why they are unable to live with their birth parent or parents. This can be for a number of reasons ranging from bereavement, illness and depression to drug abuse, domestic violence or neglect. Where a family has problems, our children’s services at BCP are committed to working with the parent or parents to make the home a safe place for that child.


This is where our foster carers come in. We are looking for foster carers who can provide a home for a child or young person where they’ll feel stable, cared for and secure. It doesn’t matter whether you are married or single; gay or straight; living in a rented house or a home owner; employed or unemployed – what matters is that you can provide a place where they can develop naturally as a person and feel part of the family.


We appreciate that when people look into fostering, it can be confusing when you see the array of options for local authorities and independent agencies. For clarity, Local authorities provide care for local children, delivering training and support locally to ensure continuity to achieve best outcomes for children. To find out more about the differences visit


In Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole we need to recruit more foster carers for our children and young people – could you provide that home for a BCP child? If so call us on 01202 123 345, complete our online form.


Case Studies

Many people are deterred from fostering as they think that only very particular kinds of people can foster but this simply isn’t true. What we are looking for in BCP from our foster carers is somebody who has the right qualities to give children and young people the secure, caring environment they need.

Who needs fostering?

Just like our foster carers, our children are all ages and from all backgrounds.  Around two-fifths of children in care are aged 11 to 15 years.  Finding foster carers for teenagers is a key priority for us at BCP Council.

Be a part of our fostering community

Our carers never feel unsupported and have identified that one of the most important aspects to them is a sense of a ‘fostering community’ with a team of experienced professionals and a foster care buddy scheme. If you would like to know more – please call us on 01202 123 345 or fill in our online form.

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