There are more than 1,100 youngsters in the care of the local authority in our county – and Northamptonshire County Council is urging new foster carers to come forward to make a real difference to the lives of these children and young people.

Foster carers and Family Link carers have vital roles to play in supporting children and young people in a variety of
ways. They can help them to access services such as GPs, child and adolescent mental health services, community paediatricians and other health and care professionals, supporting their physical and emotional health, wellbeing
and development.

Foster carers can also give children and young people the opportunity to benefit from leisure and social opportunities, helping them have new experiences, learn new skills and thrive.

Northamptonshire County Council’s Fostering Service offers extensive training and support for foster carers and Family Link carers. This training utilises partnerships with a variety of health professionals, including the NHS, the Red Cross and educational psychologists delivering training on the physical and emotional health needs of looked-after children and young people.

There is no such thing as an ideal foster carer – diversity is valued in Northamptonshire and foster carers are as diverse as the children and young people they support.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about fostering or providing short breaks to the children
of Northamptonshire, please call the county’s dedicated fostering enquiry line on 0300 126 1009 or visit the Northamptonshire County Council Fostering website at