State of the Nation's Foster Care

Our State of the Nation research acts as a yard stick for progress in key areas of foster care from one survey to the next.

By identifying the issues affecting those working in the fostering sector every day, we are able to provide a reliable snapshot of fostering in the UK and understand where improvements need to be made.

Our foster carer survey covers topics including:

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 13:48 By DavidEggboro on April,13th 2021

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

Foster Carers' Charter

Since 2011, we have been campaigning for every fostering service to commit to a foster carers’ charter. This year we have updated our charter to recognise the distinct responsibilities of the fostering service and the placing authority in their role as the corporate parent. In Wales the charter campaign is taking place as part of the Fostering Excellence programme.

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:10 By Policy and Cam… on June,30th 2017

Foster carers' charter

We first produced a charter in 2011 in consultation with our members, and have recently revamped it with support from a range of organisations including the Department for Education, ADCS and FosterTalk.  Charters represent an important step towards foster carers being treated and respected as the professionals that they are so that foster carers get the recognition they deserve and need to provide children with the best possible care.

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:31 By Daniel.Sinclairtfn on February,26th 2016

Other research

EU Nationals: Foster Carers and Fostered Children - 2018

Following on from the Government initiating the official EU withdrawal process in March 2017, there was – and continues to be – much speculation as what would happen to EU nationals who were currently residing in the UK. The Fostering Network received enquiries from fostering services worrying about approving people as foster carers who were non-UK EU nationals, and also about the long-term stability of placing fostered children with foster carers who were non-UK EU nationals. 

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 15:11 By admin on December,23rd 2015