The Fostering Network

The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity. We are the essential network for fostering, bringing together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children.

We support foster carers to transform children’s lives and we work with fostering services and the wider sector to develop and share best practice.
We work to ensure all fostered children and young people experience stable family life and we are passionate about the difference foster care makes.

We champion fostering and seek to create vital change so that foster care is the very best it can be.

Latest news

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Mortgage Brain, who ‭are taking over from Endsleigh to provide specialist mortgage advice to our foster ‭carer members and a discounted arrangement fee for a completed mortgage.

We welcome Nadhim Zahawi to his new role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education. We note with some concern that this is an unpaid position, and truly hope this is not a reflection of the priority placed on the role by this Government.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 to Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
    Wales (Various)

    Facing an allegation of abuse or neglect is something that some foster carers will unfortunately experience during their fostering career. This is inevitably a distressing time for everyone involved. Therefore, as part of the Fosterline Wales outreach programme, The Fostering Network Wales will be delivering four allegations workshops across Wales to help inform foster carers of what to do if an allegation is made.

    This free workshop will aim to provide foster carers with a greater understanding of allegations in foster care and assist them to consider how everyone involved in fostering can play a part in minimising the incidence of allegations of abuse.

  • Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
    The Training Suite, The Fostering Network, Glasgow

    Male foster carers continually highlight a number of signficant 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 foser care. The 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 male foster carers only and is facilitated by an experienced male foster carer.

  • Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 to Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
    Wales (Various)

    Prior to entering care looked after children and young people may have been exposed to a multitude of complex mental health risk factors which can increase their vulnerability.

    Designed for foster carers, social workers and designated teachers, this free masterclass developed by The Fostering Network and Young Minds ( will explore these risk factors, examining their potential on young people; and how the team around the child can help reduce risk, build resilience and support them in becoming happy adults.