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Want to know more?

Let’s Talk. If you want to know more about fostering and our agency, and you live in the following areas:

  • The North East including Darlington, Durham, Tyne and Wear (Sunderland, Newcastle) and Teesside areas (Stockton and Middlesbrough).

  • North Yorkshire from Leeds, Doncaster York, and Harrogate to places like Thirsk, Richmond etc.

  • Cumbria including Carlisle Penrith, Workington and Whitehaven.

Fill in the form here or call us on 01325 310009. We’d be happy to answer your questions.



Helping children and young people achieve the best possible outcomes for their lives is at the very heart of everything we do at Reach Out Care.

We are an independent agency which partners with local authorities throughout the North East and beyond to provide caring, stable homes for children and young people in care.

We offer our foster carers excellent support, good fees and allowances and a wide range of training. In fact, most of our carers have come to us because someone has recommended us.

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Importantly, we involve our children and young people in the ongoing development of our agency.

Every 20 minutes a child is taken into care in the UK. We are part of the national effort to help those children succeed in life.

We are recognised as an agency which goes “the extra mile” to make a difference. One of those extra miles was opening a supported housing charity ten years ago to help care leavers take greater steps towards independence.


In a nutshell… all kinds of people can foster. Reach Out Care foster carers come from all walks of life.

Your marital status, sexuality, age or whether or not you are a home owner do not impact on becoming a successful foster carer – this is about your ability to nurture and care for a child and to work as part of a professional team.

You must be over 21 years old, have a spare bedroom and have the time and availability to dedicate yourself to fostering.



We work hard to match your approval as a foster carer to what kind of fostering you want to do, your skills, experience and knowledge.

Types of fostering include:


We know that occasionally foster carers want to transfer from a local authority or to another agency.

Reasons include wanting to move to a smaller agency where everyone knows each other, or improved support or relationship breakdown with existing agency.

If you have a child in placement we will work closely with your current agency and local authority to achieve a smooth transition. You may find the Transfer of Foster Carer Protocol from the Fostering Network useful.If you do not, the process is even simpler.

If you want to find out more about the process…