State of the Nation's Foster Care 2021

Our latest State of the Nation’s Foster Care Survey is currently open and will close on 11 July 2021. Foster carers, don't miss out on the chance to have your say

In 2021 we introduced our first State of the Nation's Foster Care survey for fostering services to compliment our existing survey for foster carers. This will ensure the survey is as representative as possible of the fostering sector and also offers fostering services the opportunity to benchmark their own findings against national responses.

Our State of the Nation's Foster Care survey is the most comprehensive survey within the fostering community and the survey findings are used to inform and influence the foster care agenda at a local and national level. We need as many foster carers and fostering services to complete the survey as possible to continue to effectively support our members and influence positive change. 

Foster carers

If you are a foster carer, have your say and be in with a chance of winning £100! 

Take the survey

As a thank you for taking part, you will have the opportunity to enter our free prize draw to win a voucher –  one £100 voucher, two £50 vouchers and ten £25 vouchers are up for grabs!

Fostering services 

This year, for the first time, we are also surveying our fostering service members to collect further evidence about fostering to help make foster care the best it can be. If you are a registered manager or head of service and you have not received a link please contact

On completion of the survey, fostering services and foster carers will be invited to exclusive forums and events that will give additional, anonymised and country- or regional-specific information from this survey as well as the foster carers’ survey that can be used to improve your offer and services. The events will also provide networking and best practice sharing opportunities across the sector and will commence towards the end of the year.

You can read our last State of the Nation report published in 2019 and our Impact Report 2020 which shows how we used the findings to implement positive change in the world of fostering.