There is a choice of over 700 Fostering Agencies however, it is recommended that you choose one that is within a fifty miles radius of your home to ensure you get the best support.
Bear in mind that there can be a lot of travelling involved in the fostering process, from your initial meeting with an agency right through to approval and starting to foster children.
Independent fostering agencies provide a specialist service to local authorities who, because of demands placed on their resources, are unable to offer their own foster carers to all children in their care.
Independent foster agencies offer a solution to this shortfall, providing various types of placements and offering high levels of support and training for their foster carers. Many of them run fee-paying schemes and may employ foster carers in the same way as any other business.
Local authorities approach Independent agencies if they cannot find a suitable family for a child from their own pool of foster carers.
Contact Foster Care News to use our free agency matching service. Apply to foster children