Foster Care in Manchester

Well known for being a creative city, home to several of the UK’s most prominent and highly regarded media channels and organisations, Manchester is popular with both young people and families. And with affordable housing, a high number of educational institutions and universities, and endless attractions designed to keep families busy, Manchester offer opportunity as well as a high quality of life for young people from all walks of life.

For a number of years, Manchester has been ranked one of the top cities to live in the UK, but it’s not all city surroundings and life in the fast lane. One of the reasons why so many families relocate and move to Manchester is the proximity to green spaces and rural settings – with Manchester a short distance from the Lake District, the Peak District, and the border of rural Wales. Because of this, Manchester is one of the most varied and diverse locations in which children are allowed to thrive and pursue their dreams – and it’s somewhere that Olive Branch Fostering is proud to call home.  

With so much opportunity and potential in Manchester, how can you use your own good fortune to transform the life of a young person? By becoming a part of our foster care family.

Becoming a foster carer in Manchester is the perfect blend of challenge and rewards – with foster carers holding a unique chance to really make a transformational difference in the life of a young person or a child, regardless of how long the placement is. Whether you open your home to a child in care for a single night, a short break, or a long term stay, a big part of being a foster parent is giving that child the support and guidance they need to overcome past trauma and create a future in which they can thrive.

The simple fact is that with 57,380 children living with foster parents in England in March 2021, and with an urgent need for at least 7,000 more foster families needed right now, foster agencies like ours need more people to join us and show these children and young people that we care. 

Fostering is not easy, but it is one of the most rewarding things you can do, as so many families have already found out by joining the Olive Branch Fostering family. From rural surroundings to inner-city living, could you be the next family to open your door to a child in care in Manchester?


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.”