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Sunderland City Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service helps local children who need new families find the care they need for the rest of their childhood and into adult life. We aim to recruit ‘Families for Life’. girl

Contact information:-

  • Sunderland City Council

Fostering, Adoption and Permanency Services

Tel: 0191 520 5553


Sunderland City Council provides foster care for children and young people who cannot live with their parents.

Children and young people are looked after by us for a number of reasons. It could be for a short time during a family crisis, or they may be placed into care because it is unsafe for them to live with their own family.

Whatever the circumstances, when a child comes into our care we share parental responsibility for a child's welfare, health and education.

Sunderland has around 200 foster carers who care for children of all ages in their own homes as part of their family, on behalf of the city council. Foster carers provide different types of care for children and young people who need to be looked after. This could include young children who will move onto adoptive placements; children who will return to their families; and children who will live permanently with foster carers.  There are also some families who provide short break care for disabled children. fostering


Adoption is the legal process by which a child under 18 years gains new parents. Children in Sunderland need adopters who are willing to make a commitment to them for life, and who are: patient, flexible, realistic and with lots of love to give.

Children in Sunderland need:

  • Families (couples, including same sex couples or single people) who are patient, flexible, realistic and with lots of love to give
  • People from any ethnic background, employed or not, married or not, with religious beliefs or none
  • People who want to make a commitment to a child or children for life

Don't worry about your age or if you have a disability - this may not affect your application. Please contact us if you think you could be a forever family for:

  • School age children (particularly older boys)
  • Brothers and sisters together
  • Children with disabilities
  • Younger children (aged 0 - 5 years)

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