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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 children’s lives is at the heart of everything we do.

Everyday there are 64,000 children living with 55,000 foster families in the UK. Every 20 minutes another child comes into care needing a foster family. The majority of these children are placed in care due to abuse or neglect. 

Foster families give children the love, support and stability that they so desperately need. This is often their first positive experience of family life. We are here for every fostered child and their carer.

Outcomes for children in care are lower than their peers. For example only 15 per cent achieve an A-C grade in English and Maths, compared to almost 60 per cent of their peers not in care. However we also know that 30 per cent of children in care have a statement of special educational need and 60 per cent experience emotional or mental health problems. 

Despite the trauma of coming into care and their difficult start to life, we know that good foster care is a protective factor for fostered children’s education and wellbeing. Good foster care transforms children’s lives and enables them to flourish. That’s why we work to make foster care the very best it can be.

Over the next year another 9,000 foster carers are needed. Could you foster?

Find out more about what we do or watch our film We Are Not Mistakes on Pages below.