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What is fostering?

Children come into care for many different reasons. Sometimes it is because of a parent's short-term illness or a temporary problem within the family that requires the children to have alternative care.

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Some have experienced domestic abuse, substance misuse, abuse or neglect. For many children and young people, fostering is often their first positive experience of family life.

  • Fostering involves looking after someone else's child in your own home whilst they are unable to live with their own family.
  • It offers children and young people a safe and caring environment, usually geographically close to their home, to allow them to thrive and develop.
  • There are many different Types of Fostering depending on the needs of the child or young person.
  • Foster carers may help children and young people come to terms with difficult issues.
  • Foster carers may take children to and/or collect them from supervised contact.
  • Foster carers work as part of a professional network in supporting the child or young person.
  • Fostering can be challenging at times, but it can also be a deeply rewarding experience.

Contact us

Got questions about fostering?

If you are interested in fostering and would like to find out more information, please get in touch with us today for a friendly chat by calling 020 8753 1075 or emailing us on

You can also sign up for one of our information sessions and meet some of our foster carers and social workers. View our events

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