Finding homes for at-risk children in Stoke on Trent

35 new foster families for Stoke children.


Home for Good is working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s fostering team to find new foster families for children across the Stoke on Trent area.

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Stoke City Council have close to 1,000 children in care and have faced a 45% rise in children coming into care over the past three years. Children sometimes need to be placed in residential care when this isn’t the best plan for them, because a suitable foster home is unavailable. We believe that, wherever possible, children should be cared for within a family and want to ensure this is always an option. The City Council’s fostering team tell us that they urgently need at least 30 new foster families to help every child have the home they need.

The current pandemic has only increased the challenge. The pressure of lockdown on families has increased the prevalence of alcohol or substance misuse, domestic violence, and the challenge of mental health issues, meaning increased risk for vulnerable children. The impact of this will be felt in the lives of children entering care for years to come.

We believe that church communities across the city can make an incredible difference and we are asking Christians in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas to consider whether they could open their home to a vulnerable child through fostering.

Could you foster a vulnerable child?

Whether you could offer a few hours or a day every couple of weeks to provide respite to other foster families, be part of a team of emergency foster carers who are available at specific times each month, or you could explore helping a child living in residential care come back into a family setting longer term, there could be a role for you.

Complete the form below and a member of our Enquiry Team will be in touch to chat about what fostering might look like for you. Alternatively, sign up to one of our online fostering information events to find out more about the fostering process.

Visit our events page

If you are surrounded by a praying church – God answers prayer. if we could get every church in Stoke on Trent praying for vulnerable children and children coming into care, I’m sure that we would see people motivated and called to step forward as foster carers, and churches and communities inspired to wrap around and support families!

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