Foster carer membership

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Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do, and we recognise the fundamental role that foster carers play in transforming their lives. Whether you are starting out as a foster carer or have been involved in fostering for many years, we are here to help.

​We apologise for the technical problems we are having on our website which are preventing members logging in to the site. We are working hard to resolve the problem and hope to have a resolution shortly. In the meantime, if there are resources or information that you require that you are unable to access please email membership@fostering.net who will do their best to send you what you need.

If you require support or advice regarding fostering, our helplines remain open as usual. 

 

How to join

You can join online here.

If you have any questions, contact us on 020 7620 6440.

Member benefits

As a member of The Fostering Network, you will have access to a variety of benefits to help you in the vital role that you do:

Legal protection insurance

All foster carers members are automatically covered by our legal protection scheme.This includes:

  • A legal helpline for expert advice on allegations, help with any legal queries and a completely confidential stress counselling service.
  • Attendance by a qualified and experienced solicitor should you, or any of your household, have to attend a police interview under caution as a result of an allegation.
  • Cover for up to £150,000 legal expenses if a criminal prosecution or civil proceeding is brought against you or any of your household as a result of an allegation.
     

This also includes cover for staying put (or equivalent across the UK) and supported lodgings providers (for foster carers and former foster carers) who look after a young person up to the age of 25.

If you're a foster carer member, you can download our guide to Legal Protection Insurance and access the legal helpline on 0345 013 5004.

Helplines

We are there to offer you the advice that you need, when you need it. As well as our independent legal advice and stress counselling lines, members of The Fostering Network have access to member helplines for advice and guidance on all aspects of fostering.

Just some areas we cover:

  • approval assessment
  • income tax and finance
  • practice guidance
  • contact visits
  • allegations.
     

Our member helplines are available Monday to Friday.

Online community

As a member of The Fostering Network we want you to feel connected.Your membership will entitle you with full access to our online community which provides you with support, advice and the chance to discuss your experiences.

Log in to read and share stories, successes and challenges with our community of like-minded foster care professionals.

Foster Care magazine

Magazine

Access to regular and up-to-date information is the key to the vital work you do as foster carers. As a member you receive our Foster Care magazine four times a year, which is full of indepth articles on current hot topics in fostering, as well as inspirational carer profiles, book reviews and foster family stories.

Read some example articles from our magazine here.

You will also receive a monthly e-newsletter with information on everything that’s happening in fostering.

Events

The Fostering Network hosts many events around the UK to support foster care professionals in the important work that they do, while attending regular local fostering events to offer face-to-face advice and guidance.

As a member, you will be invited to our annual roadshows which offer practical workshops, presentations and information on key topics, as well as giving you an opportunity to network with others who really care about fostering.

Look at our events page to find details of all upcoming events in your area.

Discounts on publications and training

Our publications and training are designed to give the team around the looked after child relevant and useful information that will help you provide the best possible care. As a member, you are entitled to special rates on all of our publications and training.

Exclusive discounts
  • Towergate provide home insurance specifically for foster carers and offer 10 per cent off for members.
  • Our new mortgage partner, The Mortgage Brain provide specialist mortgage advice to our foster carer members and a discounted arrangement fee of £150 for a completed mortgage.
  • Up to 52 per cent off days out for the family - members and their families can enjoy savings on tickets for a host of attractions across the UK, including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures theme parks, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE centres and sanctuaries, Blackpool Tower Circus and Eye and much more.
  • 10 per cent off holidays and short breaks - save money on your holiday with Haven, Hoseasons and cottages.com.
Long-service recognition

The Fostering Network recognises the dedication of members who have been fostering for many years, and sends certificates to those who have been fostering for 25 or 40 years or more. Any member who has reached either of these milestones can get in touch with our membership team to receive a certificate to mark this amazing commitment to fostering and fostered children.

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