About foster care

Fostering is an extraordinary opportunity for ordinary people to offer a brighter future to a vulnerable child or young person. For some, fostering is a career choice and a deeply rewarding one. For many, it is a life-changing experience. Around 9,000 new foster carers are needed right now in the UK.

What is fostering?

Foster carers provide a secure and caring home for children and young people, enabling them to develop and thrive. It is a way of providing family life for children who cannot live with their own birth family. This may be because:

  • Parents may be unable to care for their children for various reasons, such as illness, family problems, substance abuse, serious mental health issues and incarceration.
  • Children may be at risk of being harmed or have already been physically, emotionally or sexually abused or neglected.

All our fostered children will have experienced trauma and deserve foster carers who are compassionate and willing to support them, in a safe and loving home, to help them make sense of their early life experiences.

There are different types of foster care to meet varying needs of children and their families.

Diagrama needs caring, patient foster carers who are consistently supportive and who won't give up on their foster children. If you think you could help transform a child's life through fostering, find out more about what's involved in becoming a foster carer.

Foster carers receive good support, which takes into account their professional and personal needs.
Ofsted, 2016