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Foster carers transform the lives of foster children every single day

If you can make a difference to just one life, you will have changed the world for the better. As a foster carer, you will turn your spare room into a magical space, helping to heal a child and set them up for a successful, happy life. 

Unfortunately, in the UK, there are 1000s of children looking for a home, with a shortage of foster carers, we need families to come forward and change a child’s life. Will you make a difference?

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25,000 foster children are looking for a home
7,000 new foster carers needed to meet UK requirements
44,000 foster carers in the UK currently

By becoming a foster carer, you can truly help a child who needs you.

Benefits to new foster carers

Why foster through CAF

24-hour support

We operate a 24-hour support line, meaning you can call at any time and talk to one of our friendly experienced social workers. Whether you need advice or reassurance, we’re here.

Dedicated support worker

Every child 5 and over is assigned their own dedicated youth support worker. It’s their job to ensure you have everything you need, and to help out wherever possible.

Regular youth events

We’re one of only a small number of fostering agencies in the UK who have a focus on youth events. We regularly run fun days for children and fostering families to come together, as well as our incredible Youth Club, and annual camping trip

Allowances & fees

We offer one of the most generous compensation packages in the UK, focusing on the welfare of the child and the family.

Our Services

We offer a broad range of fostering support services, ensuring that our foster carers have everything they need to thrive in the role.

Youth Team

Our youth team sit at the core of CAF. We run regular events for foster families to attend, as well as 1-2-1 activities with your foster child to help broaden their horizons.

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Financial Support

Our financial support team are here when you need them. From accountancy funding and support through to ongoing financial advice, we’re here.

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Therapeutic Approach

We’re big advocates of a therapeutic parenting approach. We offer extensive training and support for foster carers to adopt this style of care.

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We run a broad selection of both mandatory and elective training courses. All of our courses run during the academic year (no training in the holidays!).

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Placement & Matching

We can support you through the entire assessment and placement process. It’s our job to match you with a child that’s a perfect fit for your home.

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Specialised Care

Some children have specialised needs. We can help you to meet their needs, or provide assistance in a variety of ways to keep the child happy and healthy.

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We’re here to answer any questions you may have about foster care

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Keep up to date with CAF!

Find the latest fostering news here.

Whether you’re looking for fostering tips, or you want to know what’s going on, this is the space for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be a single foster parent?

Yes, you can absolutely be a single foster parent! We welcome single individuals who have the passion and commitment to provide a stable and loving home for children in need.

Can foster families have pets?

Yes, foster families can have pets. Pets can provide comfort and companionship to foster children, but we will need to ensure they are safe and suitable for a fostering environment.

Can you foster and work full time?

Yes, you can foster and work full time, but it’s important to have a flexible job and a strong support network to ensure you can meet the needs of the foster child. Each situation is unique, so we work with you to find the best balance.

How will fostering affect my family?

Fostering can bring new dynamics and challenges to your family, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Open communication and support from everyone involved are key to making it a positive experience. We provide training and resources to help your family adjust and thrive.

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