foster parent and children

Your fostering partner in the North West

Committed to improving outcomes for children

Becoming a foster carer

Whether you’re looking for information, or ready to apply, we’re here to help you on your journey.

Transfer to us

Thinking about joining the Foster Careline family? Find out how we can help you transfer to us.

Fostering stories

Hear from some of the incredible foster carers we work with.

Why choose Foster Careline?

We have developed our support package by listening to our foster carers. We are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Here are just come of the benefits of fostering with a local, independent fostering agency.

On call, day or night

We know fostering isn’t a 9-5 job, that is why we always have a member of staff available so you you can talk to someone any time, day or night.

Specialist support

Alongside a dedicated supervising social worker you will have access to a team of specialists including clinicians and an educationalist.


Foster Talk and NAFP are nationwide organisations that have been set up specifically to support foster carers.

Peer mentoring

We have regular foster carer forums where you will receive regular training and be invited to contribute to our training agenda each year.

What our foster carers say

What is it like to walk a day in the shoes of a Foster Careline foster carer? Hear from some of our brilliant foster families.

"Foster Careline is amazing because of the support that you get. They do support groups, they do training sessions which are amazing. They really help you and you feel like you have all the tools that you actually need to do the job."

Foster carer

"Fostering was always something I had considered after seeing my best friend’s parents foster when I was younger. However, it wasn’t until the pandemic hit that I had more time to think about my calling in life and started to consider fostering more seriously."


"I’d always known that fostering was something that I wanted to do, as a way to share my knowledge with other mums, having experienced similar situations to them. I just felt like I could help so many other mothers secure a better future for themselves and their children."

Jasmyne & Michelle
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What’s happening

Hear from more of our inspiring foster carers, and find out what’s going on in Foster Careline’s recent news and events.

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Foster Careline was deeply saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022. During the 70 years…

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Jasmyne’s story

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We’re really proud of the children and young people that we are lucky enough to work with every day, and…


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It’s no secret that one of the best parts of our job is getting out and spending time with our…

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Jasmyne & Michelle’s foster story

Meet Jasmyne and Michelle, an inspirational mother-daughter duo who are both foster carers in Wigan. Michelle, 44, and her daughter,…

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Catherine’s foster story

Meet Catherine Parnell, 41, from Buckley. Catherine left her job in e-commerce working for Iceland after 12 years to become…

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Experience: A change of career

“You know, there are highs and there are lows, but just knowing that I’ve made a difference to the children’s…

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Easter bonnet competition

The children and young people we work with don’t need much encouragement to get art and crafting!  We held an…

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Earth Day

Well done to J, who had the winning design in our Earth Day artwork competition! We asked the young people…

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Mother’s day artwork

One of our foster carers shared this lovely card that the child in her care sent to her in celebration…


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Could you improve a child’s experience of life?

If you would like to find out more about the skills and qualities we’re looking for in a foster carer, we would love to hear from you.