Foster Care in Bradford

Affordable, well connected, and diverse both in terms of its population and its landscape, Bradford is a city in the West of Yorkshire which is a prime location for those who commute into Leeds and Manchester for work. With the benefit of inner city access but the peace and quiet of a more rural landscape, Bradford enjoys a total of 202 primary schools and 59 secondary schools, offering young people of all ages access to the kind of education that they need to thrive in their dream future.

For many of the young people who pass through the foster care system, the future can seem like a dark and lonely place. From the ongoing impact of fear and abuse at home, to overcoming the uncertainty of a life without proper parental guidance and support, we often find that what these children and teenagers need is an open heart and a safe place to call home. And with such great access to some of the UK’s biggest major cities and counties, Bradford is one of our core areas of service, with a growing demand for new foster families and opportunities every day.

Here at Olive Branch Fostering, we believe in giving young people access to foster families and surrogate parents who can not only give them a home but who will take on the role of parent, teacher, friend, confidante, and so much more. Becoming a foster carer brings its challenges, but the rewards are what ensure that once a family joins our network, they never leave – thanks to the comprehensive and consistent training on offer, the community spirit, and the attention and care that gets put into every foster placement, whether it’s a single night or a long term arrangement.

When you become a foster carer in Bradford, you have a chance to transform the future of young people who have, more often than not, never been given the affirmation and guidance that young people need. Some bring with them past traumas and challenges, while others simply crave the love of a family. Whatever the situation, you will be properly supported every step of the way – whether you take in a single placement, siblings, and young people on respite care.

For more information on how to open your home to one of the 57,000+ children currently in the foster care system, please reach out to Olive Branch Fostering. Every family and foster carer we connect with means at least one more young person has the chance of a better life and a brighter future.


This is Kate and Harry’s story 

When Kate and Harry first applied to be foster carers, they felt like there were a number of obstacles in their way – including their age and lack of experience as parents. However, as they soon found out, Olive Branch Fostering is not only a foster care agency but a family of supporting staff and team members who are there to help every step of the way.

Following their initial application, the couple were invited to fostering skills training which gave them insight into the world of fostering and allowed them to start picturing their life as carers – though it wasn’t until their first placement finally arrived that they really become immersed in the joy and rewards of being a foster parent.

Despite their first placement only being short, taking in three little girls for a short three day placement, the memories they made are for life.

“So many happy memories will stay with us forever and it really affirmed to us we had made the best decision choosing to become foster carers and we cannot wait for the future.”