Every child is one caring
adult away from being
 a success story


We have embraced PACE

The PACE model is now recognised as an effective model of care for fostering agencies, residential settings and schools.

We have adopted this model of care within our agency .

PACE has helps us to understand the children in our care on a much deeper level, whilst also learning how our own thoughts, feelings and needs impact our communication patterns.

Can I Foster?

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer;

Like the children and young people that they look after, foster carers are diverse and come from different ethnic backgrounds and communities from across society.

However, all foster carers have one thing in common – they care about children and young people and want to support them through the difficult and sometimes traumatic experiences they have encountered.

Whatever your position or religion; Married, Single, Working, Retired, LGBTQ+, Employed or Unemployed, provided you are in good health, anyone can become a carer.

We will support your journey from the very first step.

Download the Prospective Carer Guide

Do you need a little more info on the ins and outs of Foster Care?
We have put together a complete guide to answer all your questions.

Download the Guide

The Journey of a Foster Carer

We are with you every step of the way


Registration of Interest

You can register your interest by completing the online form or you can call our office and speak to one of our team. If you would like more information you can download our Prospective Carer Guide.


Initial Home Visit

A social worker from our team will visit you at home to discuss fostering with you and answer any questions you may have.


Initial Home Visit

A social worker from our team will visit you at home (when you have time) to discuss fostering with you and answer any questions you may have.


Pre-Approval Training

When you and our social worker agree to continue, you will be invited to complete the Pre-Approval Training called ‘Skills to Foster’.

This training is conducted over 2 or 3 days at weekends and in the evenings.


Next Steps

Following your pre-approval training your application may continue onto assessment. You will then need to complete and sign the form that will be shared with you following the training.



This is the part where we gather information for the next stages, see below. If you have any questions our team is always happy to help.

Medical check
Identity check
Statutory & DBS checks
Health & Safety checks

We talk to you and your family
Fostering Panel Meeting

Fees & Allowances

Our Carers enjoy generous allowances for doing such amazing work


See what our Carers are saying in our OFSTED report
‘I am still extremely proud of being a foster carer and knowing I have been a positive role model for children makes it even more rewarding.’ Seeing the children flourish and develop is rewarding enough for me’.


Foster Carer

“We feel Therapeutic Fostering staff know us well and have always made us feel a part of the team”


Foster Carer

“We are consulted about our views and we have been actively involved in shaping the training programme to ensure our skills are enhanced. Training is delivered at the right level and enables us to meet the specific needs of the children.”


Foster Carer

I can honestly say that if it was not for the support we have received, I don’t think I would have managed to stay fostering for so long.


Foster Carer

“Seriously though, I am wounded she has to leave them, considering how happy and settled she seemed today.  You guys really do an amazing job with your carers!!”

Local authority social worker

Greater Manchester


Our fostering team is staffed by a qualified multi disciplinary team
with decades of experience in, not only Fostering, but also across the whole social care sector.



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Read our latest OFSTED report


We believe that the key to reaching stable and positive outcomes for children and young people is the carefully considered matching of children with carers


These placements are made at very short notice, often because a referring authority have concerns about the care and safety of the child or young person.


These placements are for children and young people who may not have been in care before, and where assessments are being carried out on their families so that long term plans can be made. This may include a return home, fostering or adoption.


These placements are generally for children and young people where it has been agreed that it would be in their best interests to remain in foster care until they reach 18 years of age.


All Therapeutic Fostering carers are entitled to two weeks paid holiday each year.

During this time, children and young people are placed with respite carers in a planned way. Respite carers are therefore seen as an extension to the foster carer’s family.


These children are separated from their own families. They may have travelled from war torn countries and experienced significant loss. They may have a limited understanding of English. Carers offer these children and young people a safe and supportive home.


These placements are offered to carers who have experience and an interest in supporting and assessing young parents to develop their parenting skills, so that they can care for their own children independently in the future.


These are placements offered for children and young people who are not in the care of the Local Authority but who, due to a disability or other needs, require short breaks with foster carers to support them and their families.


The PACE model prioritises creating and maintaining secure attachments with children and young people who have undergone early-life traumatic relationships. Caregivers are encouraged to examine approaches they have used in the past when caring for these children and reflect on why other methods may not yield the desired results.

Complex Needs

Where it has been assessed that a child has complex needs. Foster carers are provided with a higher level of support from our social workers and have access to our Paediatric Nurse Specialist and Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Download a copy of our Statement of Purpose Document PRESS HERE


Get in touch with us
Astra Business Centre
Roman Way
Preston PR2 5AP

tel: 0161 470 2859

or email: info@therapeuticfostering.co.uk
Welcome to the family.