I'm returning to fostering

We’re delighted that you’re thinking of returning to fostering.

We don’t need to tell you how rewarding being a foster carer is, or how challenging it can be – as you already know! Instead, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer with Dorset Council and why you should choose us.

Dorset Council fostering service puts the children who need loving, local foster homes at the heart of everything we do. Our focus is on keeping local children close to their schools, friends and birth families. 

Thanks to our local knowledge, good connections to essential services and 24/7 wrap around support, we’re best placed to find great foster carers for children and young people across Dorset. 

Find out more about becoming a foster carer with us.
There are many different types of foster care. At Dorset Council, we have particular need for foster carers for teenagers, young people with complex needs and sibling groups. 

You can find out more about all of the different types of foster care we offer.
Our foster carers get an extensive training and support package throughout their fostering journey that’s tailored to their needs. This includes access to the Foster Carer Training Handbook which details all the courses available to you. You’ll also have access to our online training. 

Once you’ve been approved as a carer with Dorset Council, we’ll provide visits every month to make sure things are going well, with regular telephone contact and additional support visits as needed. 

Read more about our training and support package
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Find out more about fostering with Dorset Council
Download your free information pack today to discover more about becoming a foster carer and making a difference to a child's life.