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

A steadfast determination to care is one of the reasons why Glen and Regina Mahon from Downpatrick, County Down, who have been fostering for 15 years, were awarded The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland’s 2016 Foster Carer of the Year Award, sponsored by The Hilton, on Friday 20 May at the Hil

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, 26 May, 2016
    Aberdeen (venue to be confirmed)

    Are you a foster carer member of The Fostering Network? Would you like a reminder of how to make sure your tax (in relation to fostering) is up to date? Would you like to find out more about other matters in foster care finance – fostering payments, national insurance, pensions & benefits, savings & pocket money, insurances & member benefits?

    If yes then come along to our free tax workshops in May.

  • Tuesday, 26 July, 2016 to Thursday, 10 November, 2016

    Enabling participants to develop training skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering pre-approval foster care training linked to assessment.

  • Saturday, 27 August, 2016
    Mercure Glasgow City Hotel

    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. 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 men only and is facilitated by an experienced male foster carer.