Foster Care in West Yorkshire

Offering a hybrid way of life in the form of its city centres and rural countryside settings, West Yorkshire is often overlooked in favour of the larger North Yorkshire with its ancient prominence, vast rural landscapes, and coveted market towns and village communities. But despite being the lesser known of all the areas in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire is a place which offers endless opportunity to those who are willing to grasp it – with access and proximity to some of the best cities in the North of England, all of which benefit from the surrounding countryside which provides quick and easy access to a more peaceful setting.

For those families who call West Yorkshire home, the inland expanse of the county, which encompasses Leeds and Wakefield as well as Huddersfield and Halifax, means that the area is rich with diversity – with people from all walks of life calling it home. And it’s this welcoming and friendly community spirit which makes West Yorkshire such a key part of our fostering system across the North of England.

As a fostering agency, our team at Olive Branch Fostering pride ourselves on our ability to match foster children and teenagers with the right families and surrogate parents for them. Regardless of their past traumas and challenging behaviours, and whether they are seeking a single night respite stay or a long term placement, it is our network of flexible and supportive foster carers which allows us to continue saving the lives and nurturing the futures of young people in need across the area of West Yorkshire and beyond.

But with more children than ever before needing immediate foster placements, we are looking for more foster carers and families to join our network, benefit from our comprehensive training, and open their homes to young people who need them.

With a great quality of life for young people all the way into their adult years, Yorkshire is a place where opportunity meets lifestyle – with all manner of ways for people to make money, whether it be in the city and local towns, or through a rural business set up. Whatever their dreams and future goals, the children and teenagers of Yorkshire benefit from an array of educational facilities – all within a two hour train ride of London and with close proximity to the other northern cities of Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds.

Becoming a foster parent is just the first step of a long and often challenging process – however, it is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Reach out to us today if you think that you could open your Yorkshire home to a child whose life could be transformed by a change of scenery and the support of a carer like 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.”