Foster Care in York

The main county town in Yorkshire, York is a vibrant and interesting town packed full of historical culture, awe-inspiring architecture, and more twists, turns, and cobbles, than almost anywhere in the UK. Home to some of the best chocolate shops and makers in England, with a street which is notoriously famous for inspiring JK Rowling’s Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series, there is a lot to see in York and even more to do. Best of all, it’s a place with something for all ages and lifestyles – with homes of high value, and 63 schools in total offering education to the local children from primary to secondary and beyond.

But it’s not all fictional references and chocolate tasters. York is also a place where the economy is diverse, and the landscape is varied – with townhouses and flats in the centre of York making way for larger homes and properties in the surrounding countryside. This mixed style of living means that York is not only a great place to raise a family – it also works to inspire children and teenagers from all walks of life, giving them the safety to explore and be themselves, in a secure and nurturing environment.

Becoming a foster carer in York means opening your home to a young person – offering them whatever support they need, whether it’s for one night, one month, or longer. With our services incorporating foster placements for siblings, respite care, and straightforward placement opportunities for young people from challenging and sometimes devastating backgrounds, we are on the lookout for more foster carers to become surrogate parents and take on the most important role of their lives.

There is an urgent need for at least 7,000 more foster families in England right now, with 57,380 children living in foster care as of March 2021 and this number only set to grow. While living in fear and without proper support can create the perfect storm for a child who follows the wrong path in life, we work with foster carers to pair each child with the carer or foster family who we believe can support them and guide them towards a better future.

Rich or poor, town centre or countryside, young couple or established family – here at Olive Branch Fostering we see the incredible value and unmatched generosity of every person and family unit who applies to become a foster carer with us. If you’ve got the space for a child or teenager in need, then we would love you to join our family, and extend an olive branch to those children and teenagers who have, so far, been let down by life.  


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.”