Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Fostering Service - BCP Council

Fostering Service - BCP Council logo

Fostering is not to be confused with adoption. Children who are fostered still have a family of their own, but there are reasons why they are unable to live with their birth parent or parents. This can be for a number of reasons ranging from bereavement, illness and depression to drug abuse, domestic violence or neglect. Where a family has problems, our children's services at BCP are committed to working with the parent or parents to make the home a safe place for that child.

This is where our foster carers come in. We are looking for foster carers who can provide a home for a child or young person where they'll feel stable, cared for and secure. It doesn't matter whether you are married or single gay or straight living in a rented house or a home owner employed or unemployed - what matters is that you can provide a place where they can develop naturally as a person and feel part of the family.

In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole we need to recruit more foster carers for our children and young people - could you provide that home for a BCP child? If so call us on 0800 009 3084 complete our online form or email us at

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Venue/Contact Details
14a Commercial Road
BH14 0JW
Area coverage
BCP Area
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilet
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:15pm. Friday 8:30am to 4:45pm.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
This service is free.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 18 years
Eligibility criteria:
Families and Children assessed by Children and Young People s Social Care as being in need e.g. due to social isolation/disadvantage, gaps in parenting skills, child s caring responsibilities, disability, family/relationship difficulties, domestic violence
Referral process:
  • Referrals through Children and Young People s Social Care Referral and Assessment Team depending on outcome of initial assessment
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