Fostering with a local authority

To become a foster carer in the UK, you can register with a local authority or a fostering agency. The North London Consortium is a partnership of six local authorities working together to provide foster families for local children in care.

Local authorities will try and place children in care with their in-house foster carers as a priority, in most cases our teams will have been working with the children and families and know them well, enabling us to make suitable matches between the children and our foster carers.

What are the advantages of fostering with your local authority?

  • you will be changing the lives of children within your local community
  • training courses, support groups and social events will be within easy reach
  • both your supervising social worker and your foster child’s social worker will be based within the borough so support will always be on hand
  • if you are caring for a school-aged child they will probably be attending a local school so you won’t face long school runs
  • most children in care have regular contact sessions with their birth family. Our contact centres, where most of these sessions take place, are in borough.

Find out more in ‘support and training’.  

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