Useful links

The Fostering Network

All of our foster carers get membership to the fostering network, which provides advice and information to prospective and approved foster carers and those who support them on a range of issues which affect the foster carer role.


You can find out all you need to know about fostering here and find a list of fostering agencies near to you.

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them. 

New Family Social

New Family Social is the UK network for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adoptive and foster families. As the only UK charity led by LGBT adopters and foster carers they also work with agencies to help with service delivery, and to widen the pool of new parents for the many children who are waiting.

The agency is a member of New Family Social.


The national association of independent fostering providers.

Section 31 Training and Consultancy

We help adults understand and relate to young people by providing an insight into children’s views, concerns and feelings of their own lives in care.

Section 31 training and consultancy is a feelings focussed training company with a focus on the child’s narrative of life in care.  We provide a wide range of training sessions to social care workers, predominantly foster carers and social workers with a focus on the inner child, the feelings and the thoughts that drove children’s actions throughout their care journey.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Reporting directly to Parliament, independently and impartially. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. You can find Ofsted reports for all fostering agencies on their website.


The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) is an international network dedicated solely to the promotion and support of family based foster care across the world.

Who Cares? Trust

A national charity working to improve public care for children and young people who are separated from their families and living in residential or foster care.


The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that we can make a difference for all children. They aim to end cruelty to children in the UK.

Coram Voice

Advocacy for children and young people in care.

The Children’s Commissioner

The Children’s Rights Director: Provides information relating to law and policy affecting children and young people.

John Whitwell

A wealth of knowledge available here on this site on working with traumatised children from an experienced and compassionate practitioner.

Cathy Glass

Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for 25 years, during which time she has looked after over 150 children, of all ages and backgrounds. When Cathy first started writing her fostering memoirs in 2007 it broke new ground. No one before had dared to write about the hidden sometimes secretive world of fostering and the social services. Since then Cathy’s books have been constantly in the best-seller charts with 24 books published and over 2.9 million copies sold world-wide.