Foster carer membership
With you every step of the way…
With 38 years of experience in supporting foster carers, we know how rewarding fostering can be. We also know that being a foster carer can be demanding. Whether you’re just starting out, or have been a foster carer for many years, we’re here to help you.
Download our foster carer membership flyer or scroll down to find out more.
As a fostering household member, you will get:
Expert advice and support when you need it
24hr dedicated helplines
Two helplines available 24 hours a day - legal advice for all your legal queries be they related to fostering or not; and a completely confidential stress counselling helpline. Members can access the helpline number here
Expert legal assistance
Attendance by a qualified and experienced solicitor should you or any of your household have to attend a police interview as a result of an allegation
Legal expenses cover
Cover for up to £100,000 if a criminal or civil proceeding is brought against you or any of your household as a result of an allegation. This also includes cover for Supported Lodgings and Staying Put Providers (for foster carers and former foster carers) who look after a young person up to the age of 25 and any costs incurred (including correspondence) during Stage 4 of the decision making process prior to a barring decision made by the ISA (including equivalent in Northern Ireland or Scotland).
If you're a member, you can download our guide to Legal Protection Insurance here.
Advice on tax, national insurance and benefits
Get the latest guidance in our special finance booklets updated after every Budget - two of our six free Signposts for members - and through our Fosterline advisors
A dedicated advice service for mortgages and retirement planning
Exclusive expert advice on mortgages specifically for foster carers and guidance on pensions. Find out more
The latest information
Subscription to Foster Care magazine
Receive the UK’s leading fostering magazine every quarter
Regular updates on what’s happening in fostering
Access to our online resources
Exclusive members only pages, packed full of practical information and guidance
Connections to the whole fostering community
Our new online community brings members together from across the UK to share their experiences, support each other and take part in ‘ask the expert’ sessions
Regular free events on hot topics in fostering
The influence you need on the issues that matter
Taking your views
We consult with all our members to help us influence UK governments, get your issues on the agenda and help shape the legislation that affects you – from benefits and pensions, to fair pay and fair allowances
Raising the profile of foster care
We campaign to raise the profile and status of foster carers with government and the public through our high profile media work
Fostering Network members can join our exclusive policy consultation group
Special members’ prices
Special rates on our publications, training and events
Please note, orders for publications must be for personal use only and not purchased for or used on behalf of any third parties.
10% off home insurance
Discounts on your premium for home insurance tailored to the needs of foster carers. Find out more
Up to 52% off days out for the family
Members and their families can enjoy savings on tickets for a host of attractions across the UK. Find out more
10% off holidays and short breaks
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Membership is less than £1 a week – just £46 per household per year – covering up to two foster carers and any sons or daughters living in the household, including over 18s. Fostering services can also purchase block membership for their foster carers.
Join online now. Alternatively you can download and complete a membership form, and either email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Membership team, The Fostering Network, 87 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HA.
From a fostering service? Apply for block membership for your foster carers
No longer fostering? Join our retired foster carer insurance plan