Foster Care in North Yorkshire

Renowned for its scenery, which boasts the North York Moors, The North York Dales, and the North York coastline, life in North Yorkshire presents a blend of rural and metropolitan living – with residents of all ages and walks of life benefitting from the immense satisfaction of leaving the town centres and almost immediately being surrounded by beautifully rural surroundings.

And it’s not all about the great outdoors. Within the towns and cities of North Yorkshire, it is impossible to escape the presence of British tradition and old-worldly culture – with the communities housed inside old market towns, cut through with scenic rivers and valleys.

Life in North Yorkshire is idyllic, peaceful, and safe – all of which make it one of the best places in which to house and offer a home to a foster child or teenager in need.

With 376 primary schools and 87 secondary schools located within North Yorkshire, the education system is expansive and offers accessible and high quality education to children from all across the county – whether they live in the towns or across the more rural landscape. The sparse landscape means that for those who live in more rural settings, life is peaceful, and community is everything – with North Yorkshire one of the best locations for children who come to us from traumatic and harmful backgrounds. By offering them home and security, our network of foster carers have the power to make a foster child feel safe – and is it that gift which allows children from all walks of life to grow, develop, and feel inspired for the future.

As a foster carer in North Yorkshire, you become a part of the Olive Branch Fostering network – connecting surrogate parents and foster families with young people from all backgrounds and of all ages who need support and care. For so many of the young people who pass through the system, their past experiences with adults have included disappointment and abuse – and so you may find that your home is the first place where they have been allowed to feel safe, loved, and nurtured.

Whether they stay for one night, one month, or under a long term arrangement, we believe in pairing foster carers with the children and teenagers who they are best suited to help and support – from siblings to respite stays and more.

With an urgent need for over 7,000 foster homes in the UK right now, the steps you take today could be transformational for a young person’s tomorrow.


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.”