About us

Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do.  We believe in their potential and by working with their foster families and the services that support them, we help everyone who is fostered to achieve the very best they can.

We are passionate about foster care and the difference it makes. We recognise and champion the vital role that foster families play in transforming children’s lives, and work with fostering services to ensure they get the help and support they need.

As the essential network at the heart of foster care, we bring together everyone who is involved in the lives of the children and young people who are fostered. We lead, inspire, motivate and support them to make foster care better.

Together with our members and supporters we are a powerful catalyst for change, and we've been leading the fostering agenda for more than 40 years. We work with over 400 fostering services and 52,500 foster carers, influencing and shaping policy and practice at every level.

As the UK's leading fostering charity, we're the essential organisation for everyone who is involved in or cares about fostering. We rely on donations, and the support of our members, to continue our life-changing work, and with your help we’ll make foster care better for every child and every carer, every day.

Find out more about 40 years of The Fostering Network in our new book, A Kitchen Table Revolution.