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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Find out more about fostering

We are now part of Foster with North East, a new partnership with the 11 other councils in the North East to find loving homes for children in the region.

For the first time, anyone considering a career in fostering in our region will now benefit from a united, single support hub, Foster with North East, which is backed by the Department for Education.  

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer with us, then the team at Foster North East will take your details and help answer any questions you may have, before you start your journey to join our fostering family.

You will continue to be supported by our experienced fostering team in Durham throughout your application but our community of Foster with North East hub carers are also here to offer additional support and guidance throughout your fostering journey. Everyone is on-hand to support you from the initial application process and beyond.

To find out more, view our events or to start your fostering journey today, head over to the Foster with North East website or call 0800 917 7771.


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