Once upon a time, around a kitchen table, it began

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A new book, A Kitchen Table Revolution, documenting the work of The Fostering Network has been released as part of the celebrations of our 40th year.

The revolution began in the early 1970s around a London kitchen table and led to the birth of the National Foster Care Association in 1974. That same revolution – led by The Fostering Network – is still helping thousands of foster carers and children and young people all across the UK.A Kitchen Table Revolution book cover

Jacqueline Wilson, bestselling author and creator of Tracy Beaker, said in her foreword to the book: “The excellent and thoroughly practical charity started at a kitchen table meeting in Camden, and for the past four decades it has grown in strength and achievement, so much so that it is now the leading fostering charity in the UK.

“I have long been a proud supporter of the work of The Fostering Network. It does its very best for children and foster carers, making a crucial difference.”

Jim Bond, president of The Fostering Network, said: “I am a proud member of this charity, and a proud president. Together, we have attained some notable milestones over the last 40 years which has been down to a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

“Our shared vision for foster care is on a continuous journey, and we hold a unique role in bringing together the whole fostering community to continue to create real change.

“We would like to thank all of those who contributed memories, photographs and publications to support the book, and in particular Partridge & Print Ltd for sponsoring its publication.”

You can download A Kitchen Table Revolution as a PDF.