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Don't Move Me appeal

Why is our campaign so important?

Five years ago, with the support of our members, The Fostering Network led a campaign to change the law in each of the countries of the UK to allow young people to stay with their foster carers up to the age of 21.

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 16:21 By admin on February,14th 2019

Don't Move Me

What’s the problem?

Young people are missing out on the chance to stay living with their foster families after they turn 18. Although there is now provision in the law for young people to stay until they are 21 across the UK, financial and cultural barriers mean this is not happening often enough.

According to our 2018 State of the Nation survey:

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:12 By Daniel.Sinclairtfn on November,14th 2018

Post-18 care



Until the beginning of this decade, the majority of fostered young people were required to leave their foster home as soon as they turned 18. This is far earlier than young people outside the care system, who on average leave home at 24, and too early for many fostered young people who often need more support and time as they transition into adulthood.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:25 By N B Lakhani on January,16th 2018

All About Fostering podcast

You can download or listen to All About Fostering using the player below. 

To receive notifications of the latest episodes straight to your device, search for All About Fostering your podcast app and subscribe for free.

Music (unless stated): "Heartwarming" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License 

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:36 By DavidEggboro on September,12th 2017

Fostering Inquiry (England)

  • The Fostering Network was instrumental in convincing the committee of the need for this Inquiry.
  • Written evidence was invited up to the 25 November and we encouraged our supporters and members to contribute.
  • The Committee published their report of the Inquiry in December 2017.  Their recommendations came under three categories of: valuing young people, valuing foster carers, and valuing car
Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:45 By Kieran McGuire on December,9th 2016

When I Am Ready

From April 2016, young people in Wales will have a right to stay with their foster families beyond the age of 18, known as the When I am Ready scheme. This change to the law came into force with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, and is the result of a joint campaign between The Fostering Network and Action for Children.

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 12:05 By admin on January,4th 2016

Caring for a young person aged 18+

Caring for a person aged 18+: the challenges

Once a young person reaches their 18th birthday, they are legally no longer a looked after child and their placement with a foster family can no longer be classed as a foster placement.

This is the case even if the young person is staying on with their carers for a few weeks or months – to finish their education, for example.

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:36 By admin on December,17th 2015