Specialist Support and Training

We take the greatest care of our NFA foster carers by providing free, high quality, in-depth foster care training and 24/7 professional support, 365 days a year. We’re with you all the way.

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.

As an NFA carer, you’ll have access to a range of qualified and experienced fostering professionals, even in emergencies. They include regular contact with Carer Engagement Officers and Supervising Social Workers. We also operate a buddy system and encourage peer support through local carer support groups. In addition, we provide 24-hour telephone support and legal protection insurance.


Support for foster carers

Foster care training – delivered locally

Our training courses are available to all our foster carers. They’re completely free and you won’t have to go far to find one of our training centres. You can access additional courses from your computer, tablet and smartphone too.

We offer overview courses for new foster carers, as well as more bespoke training for specialist types of foster care. Our most popular course includes Skills to Foster (your basic training), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Supporting young people with Autism and Asperger’s.


Training for foster carers

There are so many different avenues within fostering and my agency gives me the tools I need, to challenge myself and grow as an expert.

Paul - National Fostering Group Foster Carer

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Start your fostering journey with
National Fostering Group

  • 24 hour telephone support
  • A generous fostering allowance
  • Excellent training opportunities to help you become an expert
  • Membership to The Fostering Network – where you will find professional advice on all things fostering

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Start your fostering adventure

We run regular events all around the UK where you can chat to foster carers to discover what it’s like to foster a child and take your first step towards making a huge difference.

Attend a local event, call the team on 0800 044 3030, or request a call back. We’re happy to answer all your questions about becoming a foster carer, so get in touch to find out everything you need to know.

Alternatively, take a look at our frequently asked questions to learn more about fostering with us, or read our fostering stories to learn more about what fostering is like from some of our real-life foster carers.