Become a Foster Parent with By the Bridge

We are By the Bridge

We are one the UK’s leading independent fostering organisations and we’ve been helping people become Foster Parents for 15 years. We know how important it is for Foster Parents to have the right support, training and experience in order to make a life-changing difference to a child or young person. Many of our staff team have had experience of fostering too, so we really know what it’s like. We are now bringing our experience and expertise to the South West, offering local support from a national organisation. 


We are a different approach to fostering

There are many reasons people join us and we pride ourselves on our Therapeutic approach to fostering, our very experienced staff and our friendly and welcoming offices.


We are always keen to work with foster parents that want to develop their skillset, learn a different way of working and ultimately give the child (or children) in their care the best possible life. We believe that every child is different and our therapeutic approach enables us to train our foster parents to better understand the children in their care and relate to their evolving needs. 

We are a leading fostering provider

When fostering with the By the Bridge team we provide our Foster Parents with:

  • The best support - We offer 24/7 telephone support, 365 days a year with direct access to Link Workers (what we call our Social Workers), Education Advisors and Psychotherapists. We pride ourselves on having staff who are approachable, friendly and more importantly that they are easy to get hold of
  • A training programme to suit your needs - After completing our mandatory training, we offer 20+ courses that range from basic training to a Master of Arts Degree (developed by By the Bridge). We also offer a tiered pay system which means that after successfully completing various areas of training we are able to increase the professional fees you receive
  • Great pay and allowances - We offer higher than average pay and allowances and allowances that many other providers do not.


If you meet the criteria above, then Contact Us to continue your fostering journey!


What our Foster Parents say

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"We're a big happy family! They are always there for you, offering 24/7 support. I attend meetings and yearly events, which are great, and there's a huge range of training"

We value and reward our foster parents

‘Dear By the Bridge- a big thank you for our Red Letter Day voucher. We used it to stay at a London hotel for 2 nights, a visit to the Shard with its breath-taking view of the poppies surrounding the Tower of London, followed by lunch at the Hard Rock Café. On Sunday we finished our weekend with a meal overlooking the Thames. The whole trip was covered by our reward; we had a fabulous time recharging our batteries!’

Michelle and Rees, foster parents