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Fostering older children and teens

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 019 0200. Foster for Lancashire, make every memory count and make a difference to a local child's life.

You can also learn about other types of fostering.



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Foster child and foster dad

Make a difference to a child's life and foster for Lancashire.

Contact our friendly team

If you'd prefer to speak to someone give us a call on:

0300 019 0200