Fostering in Manchester

You could make a real difference to a child’s life by becoming a foster carer.  Full training will be provided, so you don’t necessarily need any childcare experience.  You will receive full 24/7 support from a social worker, and a professional carer fee when a child is placed with you.

The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) works closely with Manchester City Council in order to support the need for foster homes in Manchester and councils in the surrounding areas including Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton, Wilmslow and Ashton-under-Lyne.

Are you ready to foster?

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, and are aged 18 or over with a spare bedroom in your home, you can register your interest now by completing our short form at the bottom of this page, or call us on 0800 0856 538.

Our North West Regional team would love to have an informal chat with you to explore your fostering options.


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Where You Can Meet Us

You can meet our team in person at one of our local drop-in sessions.  We share information about these on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages as well as on our Eventbrite channel.

If you are in Poynton near Stockport 21st Sept come along to Fig & Fennel family restaurant 10am onwards for a chat and a delicious cake or sandwich.  We’d love to meet you and help answer questions you may have about becoming a foster carer.

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Fostering in Manchester

We give foster carers the opportunity to get involved and have their say through our online Carer Forum and local regional Carer Support Groups

About Us

We are a not-for-profit fostering organisation. We reinvest surplus income back into more foster carer support and training. We have a team of experienced social workers across the North West.

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Our team of social workers are based around the North West of England.  Julie Hough Operational Manager (North) helps ensure our foster carers are fully supported.

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Becoming a foster parent / carer

We start with an informal chat over the phone.  Then we follow up with an application pack for you to complete and we set up a home visit by one of our social workers. 

Next we commence a process called a Form F, which is a detailed assessment. At Stage 1 we do various checks including a DBS, a medical and references.  Stage 2 looks in more detail about your adult life and childhood, your relationships, your work and family life.

Once Form F is completed we invite you to a Fostering Panel, which is the final step to approve all new foster carers. 

  After this, you’re ready to make a change to a child’s life!

Ready to start your fostering journey in Manchester?