I'm interested in becoming a foster parent

Why Foster with By the Bridge?

By the Bridge provides Foster Parents with skills, knowledge, tools, guidance and support they need to provide the very best care to children. 


We find and train Foster Parents so that young people in care get a better chance in life as a result of their foster family's commitment and dedication.


Originally founded by Foster Parents in 2002, we are a therapeutic fostering organisation with offices across the country, in the: North West, Eastern, Midlands, South and South East regions. We have an excellent team of Foster Parents who are supported by our experienced local teams across the UK. 


We provide different types of fostering; short-term and long-term fostering which can last from just a few days to several months or years.


Our unique approach to fostering puts the Foster Parents at the centre of our team, supporting the development and progress of a child. Seeing a child in care discover their potential, giving them the best possible chance at happiness is what makes fostering with us so rewarding.


Children and young people are at the very heart of everything that we do, but we never forget that Foster Parents must be well cared for and valued by us too, if they are to do their very best work.


Helping you foster a child...

We know that as prospective foster parents you are passionate about helping your children and young people achieve their goals and aspirations. We want to help you to help them be the best that they can be, and are committed to supporting you to achieve that.


We offer a wide range of training and support to you as a foster parent to facilitate this, focusing on topics such as making the most of education and transitions to independence.


We employ advisors to work with you and your children to ensure that they are getting the best education that they can, and support this by offering advice, guidance and training to schools.


We also offer a full range of activities and events for young people through our Get-a-Lifestyle (GaL) programme. These activities build self esteem, create opportunities and help you to prepare young people for independent living as successful adults. We can also work directly with young people when required to support this and other on-going pieces of work such as gaining Arts Awards or Princes Trust qualifications.


What makes By the Bridge different?

We are 15 years experience of fostering
Interested: Fostering with us: 15 years

With 15 years experience, we understand the quality and availability of support that Foster Parents need. This leads to the best futures for children and Young people.

We are an Independent Fostering organisation
Interested: Fostering with Us: Independent

Being independent enables us to make decisions based on what’s best for us, our foster children and Foster Parents - unlike many other providers. Our independence enables us to be innovative and creative in our approach to fostering.

We are in high demand
Interested: Fostering with Us: In demand

More children are referred to us than we can possibly look after. We receive over 500 referrals a week, so we are always looking out for more foster families to offer a good home to as many of them as we can. Being with the wrong fostering provider could mean not having the number of children referred and fostering work.

24/7 Fostering Support
Interested: Support: 24/7 Fostering support

There will always be someone to talk to, day or night; you’ll never be alone with a problem. We're always be there for you 24/7. By the Bridge never sleeps!

We are Ofsted 'Outstanding'
Interested: Fostering with Us: Ofsted

We're rated 'Outstanding' in all 5 areas of Ofsted and that's very important to us. It means that we provide you and the children within our Foster Care the exceptional level of service that everyone deserves when fostering.

We treat Foster Parents as Professionals
Interested: Fostering with Us: Professionals

We treat our Foster Parent as professionals, the expert of the child and an equal partner in our skilled team.

Pay, Allowances and Benefits
Interested: Support: Pay & Allowances

We believe that it's important that Foster Parents are given good financial payments that cover the costs of caring for a child aswell as a professional fee for their work.

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We are Therapeutic in our Fostering
Interested: Fostering with Us: Therapeutic

The difference between ordinary fostering and the extraordinary work done by By the Bridge's therapeutic Foster Parents is in how they think about the child. Therapeutic fostering has enabled our Foster Parents to do amazing work that has resulted in many great outcomes for foster children in our care.

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We are unique in our Culture
Interested: Fostering with Us: Culture

Our offices and countryside locations are carefully chosen and beautifully decorated in vibrant colours. We want our staff, Foster Parents and children to feel welcomed and ‘at home’ when they come to work or visit for meetings, training courses or groups. This is part of our unique culture, helping people feel special and valued like part of one big family.

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Our Experienced Team
Interested: Support: Experienced team

Our staff are all carefully selected and dedicated to their work. Every Foster family has a dedicated team of support. Many of us at By the Bridge have been in your shoes as Foster Parents ourselves so we really understand what you need from us.

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Support for all the Family
Interested: Support: Family Support

Our inclusive culture means that the whole foster family is valued. We organise plenty of events and activities throughout the year for everyone to enjoy and take part in, including staff and their children. We hold co-Foster Parent and children who foster (Birth children) groups too, to make sure everyone is happy and involved.

Support for Foster Children
Interested: Support: Foster Children Support

We encourage young people to achieve more than they thought was possible and offer them opportunities they may have missed.

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Careful Matching
Interested: Support: Careful Matching

We make sure the individual needs of the children and young people looking for homes are a good fit with your skills, personal situation and experience.

Local Support Network
Interested: Support: Local Support network

Our local offices are one big community. Our Foster Parents are encouraged to meet regularly at the local office, to learn from each other, build friendships share experiences and support each other.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Interested: FAQs

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about fostering.

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Training & Support
Interested: Training & Support

Training and support you'll receive as a By the Bridge Foster Parent.

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How to Foster a child
Interested: How to Foster

The six steps to becoming a Foster Parent. It's simple, we'll fully support you all the way.

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Fostering Information Evenings
Information Evenings

Meet our experienced team to find out more information, what makes us unique and any other questions you might have.

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Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them