Fostering in Ipswich

Foster children and young people need foster carers in Ipswich and throughout Suffolk. Become a foster carer with us and receive first class training, 24/7 support, peer support and a buddy scheme.

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer in Ipswich, choose a fostering agency with local teams who will be with you every step.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK, with superb agency coverage across all regions, including East Anglia – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

We are the leading fostering agency in your area, working with your local authority to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive.

As a foster carer for the National Fostering Group, you’ll have unparalleled access to professional support and excellent free training in your local area. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

In addition, as a foster carer with the leading fostering agencies in Ipswich and the UK, you’ll have access to a large and active peer network that includes several local support groups.

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I have been fostering with National Fostering Group for nearly 5 years now. I must admit I was nervous when I took on my first young lad.

However I was really well supported in these first weeks with regular calls and visits offered. I have continued to be supported really well. My supervising social worker is always at hand, calls back quickly and is always supportive and very knowledgeable.

Louise, foster carer, Ipswich

UK fostering

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. With training, support and a generous fostering allowance, they provide homes where children can thrive and experience the childhood they deserve. More than 8,000 new foster carers are needed UK-wide to provide homes for children in need of a foster family. If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, now’s the time.

Source: The Fostering Network

Fostering agencies in Ipswich

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our fostering agency based in Suffolk – NFA East – has been rated as GOOD by Ofsted
  • Our foster carers in Ipswich have access to several foster parent support groups
  • We have a central team office in Lowestoft, Suffolk to support you 24/7
  • You will receive a generous fostering allowance for a child in your care
  • People from all walks of life are suitable to become a foster parent
  • Many types of fostering are available in Ipswich and the surrounding area, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue – we have several training centres in the local area

When I first came here, it was different and my carers were different to what I had known. But from the moment I met them, I kind of knew this is where I would want to stay.

Fostering statistics

Around 4,800 children live with a foster family in the East of England. There are approximately 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.

Sources: Department for Education, Ofsted

Fostering in Ipswich and Suffolk

Hundreds of children are currently fostered or waiting to find foster parents in East Anglia.

National Fostering Group has local offices across Suffolk. This includes Norwich, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, Bury St Edmunds and King’s Lynn.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We have fostering agencies all across the UK
  • Over 3,000 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers