By making the decision to open their homes and hearts to young people in need, foster carers have the power to change the life of a vulnerable young person forever – and what could be more rewarding than that?

Each year, thousands of young people enter the UK’s social care system. And while their stories are all different, they each have one thing in common – and that’s the need for a safe and supportive family environment.

At NFA, we see how foster carers do extraordinary things for their families. Their patience and generosity help inspire positive change in young people who have sometimes endured unthinkable hardship, giving them the nurturing environment they need.

Putting aside age, beliefs and cultural differences, our community of dedicated foster families take time out of life to care for those in need, and we’re proud to stand beside them through the good and the bad. From first steps and challenges to bonding and breakthroughs, fostering is always full of surprises – and that’s what makes it so rewarding.

Whether you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, are in the early stages of your journey, or you already foster; our stories offer valuable insight into what it takes to be a foster carer. Each account offers an intimate glimpse into the ups and downs of fostering, and highlights the positive impact it can have on both vulnerable young people and their carers.

Explore our inspiring foster stories below.

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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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Robert's Story

Robert was placed long-term with Diane following a few successful respite sessions.

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Tim's Story

Tim’s father was a serving member of the Forces and as such, much of his early childhood was spent moving around both England and Germany.

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Mark’s Story

Mark, aged 32 from Bradford, fosters Ben who has ADHD. This is 24 hours in the life of a foster carer.

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Vince's story

I’ve been living with Jennifer and Michael for a few years now and, thanks to them, I’ve learnt how to be a happy, responsible young man.

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Marie and Carol’s story

A lot can happen in a year. Lives can change for the better, almost beyond recognition. That’s what’s happened with Marie and Carol.

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George’s story

When George first came to us, two weeks before his thirteenth birthday, there were visible signs of neglect.

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