Black and minority ethnic fostering
We need foster carers from all of Newcastle's communities.
Our foster carers provide secure and loving homes for children and teenagers who can't live with their birth families. There are lots of reasons why children can't live with their families but the one thing these children and young people have in common is that they need care and support. Some of the children or young people who need foster care are from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. To help them to go on to have a happy and fulfilling future, it's very important for them to have a foster carer that understands their culture and traditions. BAME foster carers can offer a wealth of support to children who may have been separated from, or have little contact with their own community.
Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children
Occasionally, we take young people into care who may have come from another country and are looking to seek asylum in the UK. They will likely be in their mid to late teens, but this is not exlusive. They will not always speak English and may have come from a traumatic and war-torn background.
Cultural sensitivity is necessary, as children in these circumstances will often have faced trauma and adversity and will now have found themselves in a country a world away from their own without the family and friends.
Like all foster care, patience, compassion and empathy are essential when considering accommodating these children.