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Our team of foster carers play an important role in ensuring the children in our care get the support they need. From attending school and health appointments to taking part in extra curricular activities, foster carers look after the children in their care by working with other professionals to an agreed plan. Together, we ensure the best possible support and services are in place to ensure the most successful outcomes.

As a foster carer you may provide lots of different types of care; emergency care over night or just for a few days or over a weekend to give the main foster carer a respite break - or it could be for longer periods, sometimes months or years.

Fostering is very different to adoption because the local authority in which the child lives remains responsible for them as their 'corporate parent'. In many cases, it is also important to maintain links with the child's birth family through regular 'contact' meetings, which foster carers will help facilitate.

A familyWhy do children need fostering?

There are many reasons why a child's birth family is unable to care from them. In some cases parents request that their children are looked after by us or agree when social care considers it necessary. In other cases, social workers may need to apply to the court for an order to safeguard children. 

Find out why children need fostering and also who needs fostering

Who can foster?

Hackney needs to recruit a diverse range of foster carers to reflect our community and enable us to offer as much placement choice as possible to children and young people in our care.

Consequently, there's no such thing as a 'typical' foster carer; you just need to have space in your heart and your home to help us care for our most vulnerable children and young people. 

Find out more about who can foster

A man and a boyWhy foster for Hackney?

By fostering for Hackney, you'll be joining a team of dedicated professionals who are working together to make a real difference, and who believe passionately that children deserve to be able to live in a family setting.

We will support you every step of the way, when and where you need it, even outside of 'normal' office hours. 

Find out more about fostering for Hackney

Register your interest in fostering

If you (or someone you know) is interested in becoming a foster carer and would like to know more, please complete the form below:

Register your interest


You can also call us on our fostering freephone number (see contact details on the right, or below if viewing on a mobile), where you will be able to talk to a social worker experienced in fostering practice. You will then be sent an information pack. You can also contact us by email.

Drop-in information sessions

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our drop-in information sessions, at the Hackney Learning Trust building, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ:

2016 dates

  • Wednesday 13 January - 12 noon-1.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 February - 5.30pm-7pm
  • Monday 7 March - 11am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 April - 5.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 4 May - 11am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 June - 5.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 6 July - 11am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 August - 5.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7 September - 11am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 October - 5.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 2 November - 11am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 December - 5.30pm-7pm

Take a look at our short video about fostering


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Page updated: 9 Feb 2016 

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Contact details

Fostering Recruitment
Corporate Parenting
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY
Opening Times
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Tel:0800 0730 418