Becoming a foster carer in the South of England

Join our fostering community and be the change a child needs

Loving foster families in the South of England already make a difference to almost 4000 local children. You can help them too with the 24/7 support of our community, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Start your foster family today.

Let’s talk!

If you want to get started or have questions about who you can care for, what makes you suitable, or anything else to do with starting a foster family, write your contact details in our form and we’ll get back to you.

Prefer to talk us straight away? Then dial 0808 284 9223 and talk to your South of England fostering expert.

We’re always on call to help.

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Where you’ll find us

We work with every local authority in the region to help foster families all over the South of England. Whether you’re planning on fostering in Hampshire, Dorset, Swindon or the Isle of Wight, our help is never far away.

You’ll get to know Kim, our training coordinator who travels to areas nearby. And you’ll have local support from social workers 24/7.

At the NFA, we offer fostering right across the UK, from the South of England to London, the Home Counties and the East Midlands, so wherever you’re based you can find the support you need to become a foster carer.

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Are you fostering material?

To be a great foster parent, you need the love to make a child feel at home and the patience to help them through tough times. Things like qualifications aren’t an issue as we give you all the training you’ll need.

Find out if you’re the right kind of person to become a foster carer by taking our two-minute quiz.

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You’re perfect!

You’re not quite ready yet

It sounds like you’ve got the love to give and the time to spare. So we’d love to invite you to start your journey as a foster carer with us.

You need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to all the questions in our quiz to become a foster carer. Get in touch for some friendly advice about making the necessary changes to start your journey with us

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What would you like to know?

Welcoming a foster child into your home is an incredible thing. If you have any questions about how fostering works, you can always call your local expert on 0808 284 9223. You can also find the answers to common questions below.

What’s it like to be a foster family?

You’re joining a community full of inspiring foster carers. Here are some of their stories, from the South of England and other parts of the UK too.

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Kevin's story

When Kevin first came into my life, he changed me forever, and I like to think I changed him too.

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David's Story

My husband Mike and I currently foster a 17-year-old unaccompanied asylum seeking young person called David.

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Laura's story

Laura came to us straight from hospital as a 2-year-old who was the size of a 3-month old baby due to severe neglect.

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