Events and news

Events and news

Click to listen to our latest Fostering Radio Campaign:

We always encourage people to get in touch, after you've read the website information and are ready to enquire about fostering.

To get the ball rolling, you have the choice to:

  • Call our recruitment team for your initial enquiry
  • Attend an information evening near you
  • Book a face to face initial enquiry session

We are a friendly team and all of our initial enquiry sessions are an informal opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Please ring 01670 62 62 62 or email 

Your fostering myth busting sessions 2015 - 16:

  • 15th April Berwick Swan Centre, Northumberland Road, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2AS
  • 16th June Bedlington Salvation Army, Hartford Road West, Bedlington, NE22 6HU
  • 5th August Amble Amble Development Trust Fourways2, 6 Dilston Terrace, Amble, NE65 0DT 
  • 7th October Prudhoe Fuse Media Centre, Moor Road, Prudhoe NE42 5LJ (Next to the High School)
  • 3rd December Ponteland Memorial Hall Darras Road, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE20 9NX
  • 10th February 2016 Ashington Children's Centre (Old Alexander Middle School) Alexander Road, Ashington, NE63 9EF

The information evening is not part of the assessment process; it is for people who would like to find out more and for those who are not sure if they would like to proceed.  It gives you an opportunity to meet some of our families and young people. We have a short presentation, young people’s DVD and then the opportunity to ask questions with all of the team – foster carers, young people, family placement social workers and recruitment officer. 

The event usually lasts for about an hour and a half.  If you need to arrive late or leave early - then that is fine.


Registration and light refreshments 6.30pm - 6.45pm

Presentation and Questions 6.45pm - 8pm

To register, please email Caroline Matthews on or call 01670 62 62 62

Fostering Supporters

Northumberland's Adoption and Fostering Teams work in partnership with many outstanding people and organisations who pledge their support of the services for local children, young people and their families.  Below are some of those who have helped support our goals:

The Duchess of Northumberland:

The Duchess of Northumberland supports Northumberland Fostering and AdoptionHer Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland made history by becoming the first woman to be given a centuries-old role as the county's official representative of the Crown. The Duchess, appointed by the Queen as the new Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, fulfils a ceremonial post which dates back to the reign of King Henry VIII.

Her Grace is heavily involved with the voluntary sector, fostering and encouraging voluntary and welfare organisations.

The Duchess has supported foster families and supports the county's work to help improve the lives of some of the county's most vulnerable children and young people.

Glenn McCrory:

Glenn McCrory supports Northumberland Fostering and AdoptionThe North East's first ever world boxing champion Glenn McCrory rose from hardship to heights achieved by only a few, attaining the IBF cruiserweight boxing world championship. Since hanging up his gloves Glenn uses his great expertise to full effect in many areas including a TV documentary maker, a charity fund raiser, and a supporter of local community groups. Now a commentator and presenter for Sky Sports TV with over twenty years service he set up the Glenn McCrory Foundation with the aim of raising the aspirations of young people from areas of deprivation in the North East.

Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland, Glenn has pledged his support to Northumberland's looked after children and young people, helping the teams raise awareness of the need for more foster families and adoptive parents.

Sharon Barbour:

BBC TV Look North Presenter and Health Reporter; Director and also RTS Journalist of the Year 2011.

Sharon Barbour supports Northumberland Adoption and FosteringNew Zealand born, now North East celebrity, Sharon has pledged her support to looked after children and young people in Northumberland, following her Look North Foster Care Fortnight feature on the need for more foster carers for teenagers across the region. "When I first visited friends in Ullswater in Cumbria 12 years ago - it felt like home. I also love Scotland - and the coast and countryside of Northumberland. Of course I miss New Zealand - but apart from there - what better place in the world to live? I feel very lucky to be here in Newcastle, where my father's family lived. Foster carers and adoptive families make such a difference in children and young people's lives, and I hope that we have helped to raise awareness and that more people come forward to offer such valuable roles for North East children and young people."