Cornerstone Adoption & Fostering Service

Based in the North East of England, we are a Christian charity specialising
in offering permanent homes ('Forever Families') to children in the
care of Local Authorities through Long Term
Fostering and Adoption

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9AOur History


ornerstone was launched on 2 January 1999 as a “not for profit” voluntary fostering agency. Although the work grew, a change in legislation meant that the original Directors, who were themselves foster carers, could not continue both to foster through Cornerstone and to run the agency. Consequently in April 2002, Cornerstone was handed over to CARE, (Christian Action Research and Education), a large national Christian charity, and became a project of CARE Fostering Services.

In October 2005 the Trustees of CARE made the decision to leave the fostering field and on the 31 March 2006. Cornerstone NE was then established as an Independent Fostering and Post Adoption Support Agency specialising in offering permanent homes to children in the care of Local Authorities. One of the original Directors returned in 2014 as General Manager.

Cornerstone was originally based in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees until October, 2013 when the office moved to Chester-le-Street for a short while and since September 2014 we are located in the heart of Sunderland City and cover the area between Yorkshire and Northumberland.


Watch a short videoclip of Pam Birtle, the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone explaining who we are and what we do. 

  Pam has been interviewed by Premier, a local Christian Radio station recently.

  Click on the picture if you want to listen to the interview.

Future Plans

Having expanded from Teesside we now have ‘forever families‘ in Sunderland, Newcastle, York and Stockton. We now plan to:

  • Expand to other parts of the country
  • Extend our Children’s Counselling and Play Therapy Service
  • Expand Filial Therapy training
  • Expand respite provision for children within Cornerstone
  • Register as an adoption agency