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Welcome to Fostering Relations

We are an independent fostering agency with a family feel in Scotland, part of National Fostering Group. Focusing on creating high quality foster homes for children and young people, Fostering Relations empowers foster carers to meet the specific needs of those in their care.

Office Details

East Gateway
Beancross Rd,

Phone number
01324 464947

General email
[email protected]

Social Media

Opening Hours

  • Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
  • Sat & Sun Closed

Fostering Relations is the smallest agency within the National Fostering Group family, but covers a large geographical area. We cover Fife, Perthshire, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Lothians, East Kilbride and Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire.

We currently work with in excess of 47 foster carers and 50 children and young people. Alongside fostering for children and young people, the agency provides Continuing Care for young adults aged from 18-21 years or 26 if they are in full-time education.

Around 60% of our children stay with their foster families long-term. This is important as it gives children a sense of belonging and helps them to feel part of the family.

Lynne Greig, Registered Manager

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer in Scotland, please get in touch with us today.

“The most privileged opportunity ever!, Rewarding, The word that comes to mind at present is privileged.” Foster Carer

“Family, Friends, Home , Toys, Play, Holiday and Movies.” Foster Child

“They are incredible. Each and every single one of the children that I have got to know, they are amazing”. Jane, Foster Carer

We work alongside local authorities across Scotland to provide children with the security of long-term foster care and help them make the most of their education.

We maintain a friendly family feel despite being part of a large group. The staff team has strong professional relationships with all their fostering households.


Supervising social workers visit families at least twice a month, or more often if needed. All foster carers receive a weekly call to see how they are doing. There is an out-of-hours and weekend telephone emergency support line for foster carers. This is staffed by supervising social workers who are supported by a member of management.

A dedicated therapist is available to offer support and guidance, direct work with children/young people and carers these session can be face to face or virtual.

It is not just foster carers who feel well-supported but also staff who work closely together as an office-based team. We have a focus on peer learning and the team meets regularly for social activities.

They are able to call on the wider group for information, advice and expertise and the agency values the shared resources and expertise of the group, as well as the great opportunities for young people (such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and British Explorers). Members of the group are sometimes invited to attend team meetings so they can share specialist information or training.

When our foster carers take a holiday, the foster children go too. The agency has a caravan that our families can go to whenever they need to get away. It is well-used and the children love it.

Lynne Greig, Registered Manager

Forums and groups

A significant strength of Fostering Relations is our commitment to engaging meaningfully with carers and young people and to ensuring carers and children participate in the running of the service.

We believe it is vital for foster carers to have a voice and there is an active carer forum which helps to shape policy and practice and bring issues to the attention of managers. We hold regular events including activity days for all family members, a carers forum and carers support group.

Among the suggestions implemented recently was the creation of informal carer support groups, which meet regularly for coffee and chat. These provide a safe space to build connections and share experiences and many friendships are formed in this way.

There is also an active children’s group called The Young Team, which includes both foster children and birth children. The team, which is managed by the young people themselves, arranges events and activities, such as Segway and rock climbing, which are always attended by agency staff.

Educational support co-ordinators

We place huge value on education. Educational support coordinators provide specific support to foster carers and children, liaising with schools and education provisions to support children in their educational achievements.

Educational support coordinators also help young people to make further education choices, draw up CVs and find suitable apprenticeships. One Educational support Coordinators devised the Steps to Success pack for pre-school children which focuses on the importance of education and play to help support developmental gaps.

Supporting Challenges

Young people who are looked after by Fostering Relations are provided with the best possible care and support. If challenges arise within a placement, we work closely with the family to see what else could be put in place to help.

If additional support is identified we would discuss and agree if this should be provided by an external service or if, depending on their level of experience, this could be best provided by our foster carer.

We are willing and able to be flexible in our approach to ensure that individual needs of children and young people are met.

Four years ago, we held a consultation with our foster children about respite care and they told us they don’t want to stay with strangers. So, we remain committed to 52-week placements seeing arbitrary respite as arbitrary and destabilising for children.

Lynne Greig, Regional Manager


Our goal is to provide our foster carers with the right level of training and support to help them achieve the very best outcomes for children in their care. We want our carers to feel confident, knowledgeable and ultimately be the best they can be for children in their care. Our training courses are available to all our carers, completely free and delivered nationally, locally and digitally.

Wellbeing kits

Each child is given a wellbeing kit when they join the agency which contains activities and strategies to help them manage anxiety and increase self-esteem. Each bag is bespoke to the individual and includes things like relaxation CDs and garden spinners.

Perks and benefits

Our foster carers can claim a wide range of perks and benefits, like free membership to The Fostering Network, Max Cards,high street discounts, invitations to family activities and events, and much more. At Fostering Relations our foster carers also have access to our caravan. 

The Promise

We have committed to keeping ‘the promise’ that Scotland has made to care experienced Children and Young People and you will grow up loved, safe and respected. The priority for children that cannot stay with their families , is that they will have a loving home and will stay there for as long as needed, alongside their brothers and sisters where it is safe to do so. You can visit this website for more information about The Promise. You can visit this website for more information about The Promise.

Hear from our foster carer Sol on our Voices of Fostering Podcast!


Meet our team

Office Updates

  • Marisol and Michelle
    The smiles of Marisol and Michelle speak volumes about their life as a foster carer! This portrait was taken by Rankin. Marisol and Michelle are both in their early 30s have been fostering since 2020. Together they had always wanted to provide a safe and loving home to a child and became foster carers after trying to get pregnant, but not being able to. Marisol and Michelle have said: “We’ve been so grateful to Fostering Relations for providing us with the two most beautiful children, our first been a teenage girl, and now a teenage boy. Fostering has changed our lives and we urge anyone to consider it. The only thing that matters when it comes to fostering is that you have space in your heart and in your home. The training and support from the team has been brilliant and our Supervising Social Worker Wendy has become part of the family”
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