Fostering is when you care for a child and give them a family life in your home when their own family can’t. ​​
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Why choose to foster

Children and young people come into care for all sorts of reasons. It can be due to a parent’s ill health, family problems or because a child has been neglected or abused. 

These children and young people need to experience a positive family life, and we need to recruit more individuals and couples to provide the loving and caring homes that they deserve.

Fostering is a role that fits in with family life - you are home based, you don’t have to commute and there are no set hours. But most importantly you will be making a huge difference to children’s lives.

As a foster carer for Newham Council you will:

  • receive an allowance for each child between £300 and £450 per week
  • be paid a one-off grant of £750 at the start of your career to equip your home ready for your child
  • be allocated your own social worker to support you in your role
  • have access to a 24-hour advice line during evenings, weekends and bank holidays
  • receive ongoing training throughout your fostering career
  • receive free membership to FosterTalk – a national organisation that provides independent support for foster carers
  • be matched with an experienced carer for additional support.

Who can foster

Lots of people can foster. However to foster you must:
  • enjoy looking after children
  • have the time to care for a child – for example if fostering a younger child, this will mean taking them to and from school or perhaps providing contact with their birth family
  • be able to offer a secure home with a spare room - you don’t have to own your own home, you can also be renting
  • live in or live within a reasonable commuting distance of Newham.

We do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, culture, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We also welcome enquiries from single people wanting to foster.

Smoking in your home

Applicants who smoke will only be considered to foster children aged 5 years plus and if you do smoke, it should always be outside of the home.

Ways to foster

There are a number of ways you can foster.


When you look after a child for a few weeks or months, while we make plans for the child's future.

Long term

When you look after a child who can’t live with his or her own family but who:
  • does not want to be adopted
  • wants to continue to have regular contact with relatives.
You foster the child until he or she is ready to live independently.


When you give a child somewhere safe to stay for a few nights.

Family and friends carers

When you look after a child that you already know - usually a family member.

Tell us you would like to foster

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering, fill in our fostering online enquiry form or call us on 0800 0130 393.
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  • Interested in becoming a foster carer or adopter?

    Call our recruitment line on 0800 0130 393