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Fostering and Adoption

What is fostering? 

Fostering is a way of providing family life for children who cannot live with their own parents. 

Fostering is often used to provide temporary care while parents receive help to sort out problems, or to help distressed and troubled children and young people through a difficult period in their lives. 

Most fostered children remain in contact with their families and eventually return to their own homes. In some cases this cannot happen and the foster carer will help the child or young person prepare for their next move, maybe to move to a permanent foster care placement, or to be adopted, or to begin life as an independent young adult. 

There are many reasons why a child or young person may need foster care. These can include: 

  • Their parents are unable to look after them because of physicval or mental health problems.
  • A member of the family may have a drug or alcohol related problem that seriously affects the safety and care of the child. 
  • The child may have been neglected or abused and a decision has been made that it is not safe for the child to stay with the family. 
  • A young person may be remanded into foster care by the court.
  • There are major problems and tensions in the family and regular, brief periods of care for the child or children enable the family to remain together in the long-term. 

Families of a disabled child or children may benefit from short breaks, where the child enjoys time in a new environment and the parents have some time to themselves. 

For further information in relation to fostering, click here. 

Adoption Tees Valley 

In Tees Valley, the 5 Council adoption teams of Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Stockton, have joined forces to become Adoption Tees Valley. By pooling these teams, we create more opportunites for children to be matched more quickly, and prospective adopters are then available to a larger number of children. 

Why choose Adoption Tees Valley?

  • We are THE adoption agency for Tees Valley and beyond (within 100 miles).
  • We provide a direct match with our adopters and the children of Tees Valley which means we can move more quickly than other agencies. 
  • We provide outstanding lifelong support including groups, events, training and therapeutic support. 
  • We have the expertise of 5 local authorities all under one roof and we specialise in adoption only. 
  • We're a community and we'll make you feel at home. We pride ourselves on our friendly, approachable and supportive service. 

If you think you could adopt, we'd love to hear from you. 

Service Details

Location: Adoption Tees Valley, Oxbridge Avenue, Stockton, TS18 4LE 

Phone: 01642 526400

Email: [email protected] 

Website: Adoption Tees Valley North East - Home