We are the largest independent fostering agency, spanning all regions of the UK. Experienced and committed to excellence, we provide solid support and first class training, plus other benefits.
Maybe you’re looking for a fresh challenge, or you’re keen to make the most of your skills. Perhaps you’d like the opportunity to do types of fostering you haven’t done before. As you’re already an experienced foster carer, you certainly understand the importance and impact of high quality foster care to children and young people in need.
We do too; with two decades of experience, our agencies are highly regarded by the Care Inspectorate for Scotland, the Care Inspectorate Wales, and Ofsted – in fact, 100% of our agencies in England are rated as GOOD or OUTSTANDING by Ofsted.
Our commitment to a high level of support enables our carers to provide first rate fostering that has positive outcomes for the child.
Our goal is to build incredible futures for vulnerable children and young people in the UK by empowering them to be happy and make their way in the world.
We achieve this by investing in our foster carers, so you can give children and young people a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where they can thrive and be happy.
We get regular supervision with our social worker and we know we can always phone the office and there is always someone there who can give you some guidance or some support
We are a national company with offices – our agencies – in all regions of the UK. Our local teams are the backbone of effective foster care provision – they are tight-knit groups of care professionals who support our foster carers from initial enquiry through to carer approval, training and ongoing placements.
Our training courses are available to all our foster carers. They’re completely free, high-quality and flexible. Created and delivered by fostering professionals, they give you valuable skills to help you grow in confidence and knowledge. Plus, they fit around your lifestyle – they are delivered at a venue local to you or online.
The Mockingbird Family Model helps our foster carers support a child or young person in their care. Our Heath Farm and NFA London fostering agencies (covering London, Essex and Kent) are our flagship Mockingbird facilities. It is a unique fostering wraparound service. It places an experienced carer in a position to support up to ten satellite fostering families and carers.
You shouldn’t have to worry about financial security – we want you to be able to focus wholeheartedly on your role as foster parent. So we offer a good financial package that includes bridging retainer payments for the times between placements, and a host of perks and benefits including specialist home insurance, and high street and leisure discounts.
If you’re a foster carer, you have the right to transfer from another foster agency or transfer from a local authority to National Fostering Group. The process is fairly straightforward, and you can still do it if you currently have a foster child placed with you.