We take the greatest care of our fosterers, giving you in-depth foster care training and 24/7 support.
You’ll be part of a team of professionals who work together to improve the quality of life of foster children. So with support groups and social workers on call, you’ll never be on your own.
National expertise - local support
Although many fostering services are arranged through our head and regional offices, the key work involving high-quality placements for individual children remains with the foster carers and their supervising social workers at a local level.
We’re with you all the way
As a National Fostering Agency carer you’re supported round-the-clock by local, professionally qualified and experienced supervising social workers.
You’ll also benefit from:
24-hour telephone support
A monthly visit and a weekly telephone call
A fostering allowance to help financially with caring for the child
The opportunity to meet with other foster carers at support groups
Membership of the Foster Talk network
Legal protection insurance
Regular foster carer’s news and information
Foster care training
The National Fostering Agency provides foster care training courses that are available to all of our foster carers. They’re completely free and are high-quality, flexible and straightforward. They’re designed to give you valuable skills and help you grow in confidence and knowledge.
Our foster care training has been created to fit around your lifestyle, so you won’t have to go far to find one of our training centres. And you can access additional courses from your computer, tablet and smartphone. We offer overview courses for new foster carers, as well as more bespoke training for specialist types of foster care.
Here are some of our most popular courses:
Skills to Foster (your basic training)
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Supporting young people with autism and Aspergers
Attachment and bonding in abused and neglected children
Parent and child fostering
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
Some children have not had the chance to develop a secure, positive, close relationship with a parent or caregiver in early life which can lead to trauma and difficulties in trusting others.
At NFA we recognise the importance of equipping our foster carers with the skills they need to care for traumatised children and young people, we do this by offering a range of support services to both carers and children. One of the key approaches we use is Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). This is an attachment focused therapy and parenting approach that helps improve the emotional health of children and supports the reparative healing that traumatised children need.
This approach was originally developed by Dan Hughes as a therapeutic intervention for families who were fostering or had adopted children with significant developmental trauma and insecurity of attachment and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.
If you are considering becoming a foster carer and are interested in finding out how this therapeutic approach could help you to support a traumatised child or young person then please contact us for further information. You can call us on 0800 044 3030, or fill out the contact form on this page to request a call back.
If you are already a foster carer and would like to be trained and supported by one of our DDP practitioners then we'd love to hear from you too, so please call us for a chat about it.
But that’s not all...
Regional Managers support the supervising social workers and our foster carers
Carer Mentors are experienced foster carers who advise and support our current foster carers
Support Groups are held locally for you to discuss issues with social workers and other foster carers from your area
A Support Service is available to provide additional professional support services for specialist care areas
All our foster carers are members of Foster Talk, an independent organisation providing quality professional support
Regional Trainers are responsible for making sure you receive the training you need to be a great foster carer
Senior Managers attend consultations around the country to discuss local and national issues with you and other foster carers