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Independent Fostering Agency in Stoke on Trent area

If you are looking to change a child’s life for the better with foster care in Stoke, joining Match Foster Care could be just the thing.  Match is unusual in having an office right in the heart of Stoke.  We know the city and the area really well: some of our staff grew up in and around Stoke.  Countless young people and children between the ages of 0 and 17 need the love and safety of foster homes in Stoke on Trent. As a family-owned fostering company in Staffordshire, we are proud to support you and prepare you for the role that lies ahead.  We won’t sugar-coat the realities of fostering: we’ll tell all the rewards and all the challenges.  And with our local and easily accessible support you will feel truly prepared for the role that lies ahead and feel part of a genuine team.  

Match Foster Care
Match Foster Care

Why choose Match Foster Care in Stoke on Trent

At Match Foster Care, we have been an independent foster agency, supporting children and their foster carers, since we were first established in 2012.  With an office in Stoke, we are not just pretending to be local and available.  We truly are.  We are always just a short car journey away.  Our foster carers regularly drop into our Stoke office when passing by, just to catch up on news and say hello.    

We understand that becoming a foster carer is a big step.  You will want to know exactly what to expect, and you will want to be sure that you will receive all the support you and your family need.  Don’t worry.  As part of your preparation to foster, you will hear from the real experts in fostering: our foster carers and our fostered young people.  We will provide opportunities to have all your questions answered from those who know what it’s really like.    

We are run by experienced social workers, which means we know exactly what difference foster parents can make in the life of a child. Additionally, you’ll be surrounded by multidisciplinary professionals at every step of the way, providing you with the tools and advice you need to help a child achieve their full potential including the following:

Match Foster Care About Us

What to expect from Match Foster Care Fostering Agencies in Stoke

Established in 2012 in the West Midlands and registered with Ofsted

Free access to a local professional team to support and train you to become a foster parent in Stoke

Plenty of dedicated assistance available for foster parents who need to care for a child with behavioural needs or special learning requirements

Foster parents get paid a fostering allowance for each child in their care, which you can check using the fostering allowance calculator

Get familiar with the different types of foster care available in Stoke on Trent, from short emergency to long-term placements

24/7 support whenever you need it

A non-private-equity-owned foster care agency in the UK

Foster parents come from a variety of socio-economic and professional backgrounds

Match Foster Care FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no age limit to providing foster care services as long as you are fit and healthy enough to look after a child. Some foster parents are in their 60s and 70s.

Foster parents need to be responsible and fit enough to care for a young person. Stoke and other UK fostering agencies expect you to be available when the child needs you, even on short notice, such as if the child falls ill at school. But if you can make yourself available when required, there is nothing preventing you from maintaining a part-time role as a foster parent. We are proud to be one of the few foster care agencies in the UK that consider matching carefully, so you don’t need to be available at all times to become a foster parent. 

It can make sense for short-term placements, as you may need to secure your income. We work with you to determine the best placement match for your situation. 

You do not need to be British, but you will need to be a UK resident or have an indefinite leave to remain. 

Additionally, you do not need to be a homeowner. But it is important to provide the child with a spare bedroom. 

Reach out to our experts at Match Foster Care for all queries about how to foster a child and pass the fostering assessment. 

As a foster parent, we expect you to be responsible and fit enough to care for a child between the ages of 0 and 17. 

Foster parents are self-employed. But you can still work while being a foster carer as long as it doesn’t impede your fostering. If you wish to keep a job, a part-time role is best suited for your career in foster care services. We do not require you to be available at all times. Part of our assessment process is to evaluate whether you have enough availability.  

You must be a UK resident or have indefinite leave to remain to provide fostering services in Dudley. 

You must be able to provide the child in your care with a spare bedroom. But you don’t need to own your home.  

Are you unsure whether you qualify to become a foster parent? Don’t hesitate to contact our team at Match Foster Care for all your questions about how to foster a child. 

Yes, Match Foster Care is thrilled to announce that it has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating in its latest Ofsted inspection. If you are considering applying for fostering in Stoke-on-Trent, this exceptional rating reflects the high standards and commitment to excellence in our fostering services.

MFC - The Foster Agency Near You

Our fostering agency covers the West Midlands, however prospective foster parents can meet our dedicated social workers in different locations including Birmingham, Worcestershire, Dudley, Sandwell, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Stoke, Solihull, Coventry and Gloucestershire.