The Fostering Network

The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity. We are passionate about the difference foster care makes to children and young people. Transforming fostered children’s lives is at the heart of everything we do.

We are the essential network for foster care, bringing together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children, inspiring, motivating and supporting them to make foster care better. Together, we’re a powerful catalyst for change, influencing and shaping fostering policy and practice at every level.

We work to ensure all fostered children have a positive experience of family life, supporting them to have high aspirations, to overcome the challenges of their early lives and to achieve their very best.

We help foster carers to improve children’s lives. We champion the vital role they and their families play in helping fostered children, and work to ensure they are properly recognised, valued and supported.

Latest news

Following the speech today by Prime Minster Theresa May regarding mental health services, Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, said: ‘We welcome a focus on mental health services, especially the review of children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), as we regularly

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 to Wednesday, 5 April, 2017

    The Fostering Network Wales are delivering free Fostering Changes training programmes across Wales for Independent Fostering Agencies over the next 4 years. The courses are open to all foster carers regardless of their experience and relationship to the children they look after. The next Fostering Changes Courses for foster carers in the Independent sector will be running from January – March 2017 in South Wales.

  • Wednesday, 18 January, 2017 to Thursday, 19 January, 2017
    The Training Suite, The Fostering Network, 2nd Floor, Ingram House, 227 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DA

    A positive relationship between supervising social worker and foster carers is critical to promoting the retention of foster carers, the stability of placements and positive outcomes for children and young people. However, the role of the supervising social worker is far from straightforward.

    This 2 day course is for new and experienced supervising social workers.

  • Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
    Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB

    We would like to invite you to a free education masterclass on the theme of supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication impairments.

    Developed for foster carers, designated teachers, social workers and other professionals within the education sector across Wales, this masterclass will give you the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of speech, language and communication impairments (SLCI), with practical tips and strategies to support pupils at home and in the classroom.