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The following systems will be unavailable from 2.00pm on Thursday 29 February until 7.30am on Tuesday 5 March: our online Council Tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Why foster with us

We're the largest council in the North East, so you'll become part of one of the biggest fostering families in the region. We have lots of children that need loving homes and lots of carers for you to connect with.

Being so large means we also have lots to offer and by fostering with us as a council, you benefit from access to a huge range of services like our leisure and culture venues, education support and family support through our family centres and the Voluntary and Community Sector.

We are rated Good by Ofsted and we are an employer that takes the wellbeing of our staff seriously. We have also been shortlisted as 'Employer of the year'.  

If you think you need to know more, hear what our current carers have to say

Icon for pdf Why foster with Durham County Council - Niki video transcript (PDF, 107.6kb)

Got more questions? Get in touch with us today and we'll arrange to chat with you. You can make a difference for a child or young person.  We'd love to welcome you into our fostering family.


Contact us
03000 269 400