Fostering service membership

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With over four decades of experience in fostering, we understand how demanding it can be to provide a quality fostering service. That’s why we’re the place to go for all you need to know to help you provide the best service possible.

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 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. 

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

Practice support and guidance

Members can access good practice guidance on the latest fostering issues ranging from recruitment and retention and permanence to implementing a foster carers’ charter. This includes local practice support through our regional consultants in England and our country offices, who can provide advice and guidance to you and your colleagues and keep you up to date on all the latest sector information. Members can also attend local forums to discuss practice issues with other fostering professionals in their area.


We are there to offer you the advice that you need, when you need it.  Staff who work for fostering service members have access to our member helplines for advice and guidance on all aspects of fostering.

Just some areas we cover:

  • regulations and legislation
  • assessments and approvals
  • arrangements for young people 18+
  • delegated authority

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.


Members 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

Each of your staff will also receive a monthly e-newsletter with information on everything that is happening in fostering.


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

Our publications and resources 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, training and events.

How to join

Please fill in this form to register your interest.

Block membership for your foster carers

Over 280 fostering services provide membership of The Fostering Network for all of their approved foster carers. For just £46 per household, your foster carers can get a huge range of benefits, from legal protection insurance to expert advice through our helpline, discounts tailored for fostering families and peer support in our online community.

To find out more about the benefits, see our foster carer membership page.

To join your foster carers today, please fill in this form.

If you have any questions, contact us on 020 7620 6400.