Social services Fostering

The help and support we provide to foster carers

By fostering you'll make a real difference to children and young people by making them feel safe and secure and offering the love and support they need. See what young people say about fostering.

But we know you need some help and support to make a success of it.

We provide you with:

  • an expert social worker to help you through the application process, and through your fostering career
  • regular home visits, support and development
  • training to help you progress and earn more
  • get-togethers with other foster carers, and groups for your own kids so they don't feel left out
  • 24-hour help at the end of a phone
  • support and advice from FosterTalk, the not-for-profit leading provider of independent support for foster carers in the UK

If you are LGBTQ+ you will get access to the support service New Family Social.

Manchester City Council has been awarded Foster Friendly status — the Fostering Network's programme to encourage employers to support fostering and foster carers.

Don't just take our word for it.

Rhonda is a real foster carer who will tell you about the support she gets.

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See what other foster carers have to say.

Check if you can foster

If you want to become a foster carer or find out more:

Fostering in Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council works with the other local authorities in Greater Manchester to help find placements for children and young people.

When you apply to foster with us, you’ll be supported by our experienced team and the regional fostering hub, which is backed by the Department for Education.

Together, we’ll give you the help and guidance you need to apply and become a successful foster carer.

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