Fostering older children and teenagers
We need new foster carers to look after children and young people of all ages, especially older children and teenagers. The teenage years are a crucial time of development for young people. They are becoming more independent and need a safe, stable and loving home.
- Older children and teenagers are usually more independent
- They are often in full-time education or training
- They need less practical care and supervision
Fostering teens brings both rewards and challenges. It can be more straightforward than fostering children who are younger and the difference you can make to their life is clear to see. You can help support a young person to achieve their goals, hopes and dreams as one of our foster carers.
Older children and teenagers who need foster carers require the safety and security of a caring, loving foster family. As a foster carer for Lancashire County Council you can help a vulnerable young person to:
- Learn important, practical and emotional skills needed for later life
- Share their feelings or worries, to help them make sense of them
- Support their achievements in education at school, college or guide them to study at university or further education
- Develop hobbies and interests through your encouragement and involvement
- Learn vital life skills. You could help them to complete an application form for their first part-time job, and show them how to manage money
- Develop their confidence to help them organise and stabilise their lives
- Reach their full potential. By fostering a teenager you are helping to set them up for the rest of their life
Who can foster older children or teenagers?
There are no extra requirements to foster older children or teenagers. If you have the patience, time and space to care for a teenager please enquire with us today. We offer extensive training, generous allowances and a comprehensive package of support to all our carers.
Get in touch
If you have a spare room and think you have the relevant skills and experience to be able to foster a teenager, contact us today.
Get in touch with us via our enquiry form or call us on 0300 123 6723.
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Fostering teenagers: our carers tell us more
We spoke to our foster carers Kelly and Mandy and Fauz Hasware in our fostering team to find out more about fostering teenagers. Watch our series of videos below (click menu top right to view the full playlist).
Fostering teenagers: our carers in their own words
Our foster carers support teenagers to develop their confidence and reach their full potential. Read some of the experiences of our current foster carers who look after teenagers.
"Teenagers in care tend to think there is nobody out there willing to care for them or provide a nurturing home and future. I find it very rewarding to see a young person relax, feel secure and become part of your family. They also encourage us to take part in fun activities to help to keep us happy and healthy." Marie.
"I find that with teenagers once they feel loved and feel settled and you overcome that barrier, they are lovely to care for and it's rewarding seeing the changes you can make with them." Carol
"I have been a foster carer for 10 years, in those 10 years I have fostered teenagers. I love fostering teenagers. They are friendly, you can chat to them, you can build up a good positive relationship with them. All they want is someone to care for them, understand them, have fun and help them achieve their goals in life. For anyone who is thinking of fostering teenagers - go for it! If like me, you will enjoy their company and never look back, I am proud to foster teenagers." Gillian.
Fostering teens foster carer stories
If you've been inspired by the quotes above, and want to know more, read our fostering teens foster care stories.
Get in touch
Interested in fostering with us? We'd love to hear from you.
If you'd prefer to speak to someone then give us a call on 0300 123 6723
Freddie Flintoff's Field of Dreams: Adnan's story
From childhood dreams and hobbies you can make every memory count as a foster carer with us.
Adnan’s foster parents, Barry and Elaine are bowled over by his sporting talent in cricket. He featured recently on Freddie Flintoff's Field of Dreams.