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Become a foster parent

With Family Fostering Partners

If you're reading this article, chances are you're already in the process of giving serious thought to becoming a foster parent.

The Family Fostering Partners network of foster parents spreads across Wales a nd Mid-West England, and they will all tell you the same thing: that deciding to foster is not an easy decision to make, but it is hugely rewarding.

In joining Family Fostering Partners, you become a foster parent, not just a foster caregiver. For us, the difference is what makes the difference.

As Judith's blog explains, foster carers are professionals, highly trained to support troubled and broken young people, helping them heal and grow in ways that most parents never have to do. But, on the other hand, a foster parent does all that, as well as partnership working with Local Authorities, the birth family, a supervising social worker and the child's wider care team.

We believe the term 'foster parent' better encompasses the challenges and diversity of this vital role.

Why foster at all?

There are many reasons why people from all walks of life decide to open their homes to a vulnerable young person or child. At the core of that decision is the desire to share the warmth, love and care of family life with someone who desperately needs it.

Here are just a few of those reasons:

  • Not ready to stop being a parent
  • Got so much love and time to give
  • Giving back and helping others to a better future
  • We have a spare room
  • Want to help fill a gap in existing services
  • Wanting to re-dress the balance of a lived experience
  • Already a good parent
  • Want to have a positive impact on the community

Fostering with a Local Authority (LA) or an Independent Foster Agency (IFA)

When someone under 18-years-old enters the care system (sometimes formally referred to as a “looked after child” – or as we prefer to say, a “child that is looked after”), the parental responsibility is shared between the LA and the birth parent(s) or family. Most LAs have a resource of foster parents ready to step in and support these vulnerable young people. However, an IFA can help with additional capacity and the experience to host youngsters with particular needs.

Foster parents registered with an IFA often find themselves called upon to help support the different types of foster care, where others might lack specific skills or the right environment. Examples of this are dedicated religious or cultural beliefs, complex physical or emotional needs, or serving a broader geographical scope.

Ultimately, an IFA, the foster parents, the birth parents (if appropriate) and the LA will all work together with the child's best interests at heart.

Helping. Healing. Hoping

When you register with Family Fostering Partners, we put families first.

Our foster parents have regular support and ongoing training from the initial contact throughout the vetting process to our innovative 'Be There To Care' scheme.

Our commitment to quality guidance and care means our foster parents are best placed to offer foster children the loving, nurturing family environment they deserve.

In helping vulnerable young people heal from their traumatic and stressful experiences, you can build their hope for a better future.

If you're thinking about fostering and would like more information about any aspect of the process, please get in touch with us using one of the links below.

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