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

As the world’s eyes turn to Washington DC, The Fostering Network is proud to announce the appointment of its own new president here in the UK.

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.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
    The Training Suite, The Fostering Network Office Ingram House, 227 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DA

    Male foster carers continually highlight a number of significant issues affecting their role. There is concern about how best to work with children who have been sexually abused, worries about abuse by carers, and unsubstantiated allegations of abuse in foster care. This course explores the idea of the ‘positive male role model’ to identify ways in which men can be more effective carers. This course is for men only and is facilitated by an experienced male foster carer.