What we do

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As 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.

Our strategic objectives

  • Provide opportunities for children and young people that benefit them, make their voices heard and enable them to reach their potential
  • Promote foster care to ensure society understands, values and recognises how foster carers transform children’s lives
  • Influence policy and the legislative framework so it supports and promotes excellence in foster care
  • Support fostering families and the services that work with them to provide the best possible care for children and young people.

Read our strategic plan 2016-2020

Our work

We work with around 370 fostering services and 54,000 foster carers 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. To make these a reality:

We create change

We stand up for fostering, foster families and fostered children and campaign to make foster care better. Together with our members and supporters we’re a powerful catalyst for change, and have been leading the fostering agenda for more than 40 years. We influence and shape fostering policy and practice at every level.

We lead practice development

We develop and pilot new approaches to foster care to ensure the very best for fostered children. Find out more about our projects and programmes.

We promote fostering

Each year our high profile Foster Care Fortnight campaign puts foster care in the media spotlight, and encourages more people to become foster carers, while our Fostering Excellence Awards celebrate fostering and the amazing role of foster carers.

We offer advice, information and support

Our expertise and knowledge are always up to date and available through our vital member helplines, publications, training and consultancy. Our website is an essential source of information, while our online community brings together thousands of foster carers day and night.

Annual reviews

Read our annual report for the year ending 31 March 2016

Read our annual review for the year 2015-16

Read our annual report for the year ending 31 March 2015​​

Read our Memorandum and Articles of Association