Our work in England
The Fostering Network began in 1974 as the National Foster Care Association. Since then we have been influential in improving foster care in England and providing much needed support to foster carers across the country. As we head towards our 40th anniversary, we continue to campaign for developments in foster care and provide support through advice services such as Fosterline. We also run a range of projects looking at different aspects of fostering in England.
Attracting and Keeping Carers
Success in recruiting and retaining foster carers is key to delivering an effective fostering service. The Fostering Network is funded by the Government to work with fostering services to help improve the recruitment and retention of foster carers. Find out more about the Attracting and Keeping Carers project.
Funded by the Department for Education, we ran a project looking at the issues around Delegated Authority. After talking to young people, foster carers, parents, social workers and IROs, the Fostering Network has produced a range of materials to help support important changes in practice around delegated authority which can be downloaded.
Foster Care Associations Project
Foster care associations are independent voluntary organisations who provide an opportunity for foster carers and their families to work together to tackle their issues and concerns and provide mutual support. The Foster Care Association project was established in 2006 to help build links between local foster care associations enabling them to seek support, advice and information from each other, share good practice and develop an effective national voice on issues central to the lives of foster families. Find out more about the Foster Care Associations project.
Foster Carer charter
In March 2011 the Government produced a foster carer charter for England. We welcomed the charter and have been working with the Department for Education to help fostering services put the charter into practice. Find out more about the Foster Carer Charter.
The aim of this project, which ran until November 2011, was to raise the profile of supported lodgings across England. It gave support to existing supported lodgings forums and developed new ones. Good practice guidance and other useful materials were also produced for the sector. You can download the supported lodgings materials from our supported lodgings page.
Funded by the Dulverton Trust, the Fostering Network has produced a set of resources to support children's services and fostering services in practice, training and policy development around contact which can be downloaded in our All About Fostering section.