Foster Care in Preston
With an increasing number of young professionals moving to and around Preston, drawn in by its business environment and unique but charming industrial history and modern surroundings, Preston is the ideal place to house teenagers and young people who are on the cusp of forging their own life path. Considered one of the best cities to live in the North of England, employment in Preston is high thanks to the multitude of opportunities across different areas, which is ideal for inspiring the thousands of children and young people who attend the 35 primary schools and 9 secondary schools in the city.
And that’s just within the city boundaries itself – with Preston well connected by both road and rail, making it an ideal place for both commuters and foster care agencies like ours who want to place young people within close proximity and easy travel of their home life, while affording them the distance that is needed for a fresh start.
As a foster care agency in the North of England, we frequently find ourselves seeking more foster families and surrogate parents in the smaller cities and rural towns which surrounding the major stopping points of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and the like. With children coming from these large inner city locations, often with past trauma and fear to overcome, placing them somewhere like Preston provides a stepping-stone towards a better way of life, inspiring and encouraging them to develop.
And so, we need people like you to become part of our foster care network in Preston, opening your home and your heart to a child, teenager, or young person who needs you. When a child is put into foster care, whether it’s for one night, one week, or as part of a long term arrangement, it becomes the role of their foster carer to educate, inspire, and support them as they forge their own life path.
But you don’t have to do it all alone. Here at Olive Branch Fostering, we provide comprehensive training to every foster carer in our network – mirroring the community vibe of areas like Preston in the way we connect with every foster placement and family setting. Offering diverse types of fostering which include siblings, single placements, respite, and therapeutically-led foster care, we believe there is a home for every child, and a child for every home.
If you’ve got the space and capacity in your home and your heart for a child who needs you, then we would love to hear from you.
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.”