Why Choose Us?

As a not-for-profit, independent fostering agency, we re-invest back into our services to offer quality support and ongoing therapeutic training.

Why Choose Us?

As a not-for-profit, independent fostering agency, we re-invest back into our services to offer quality support and ongoing therapeutic training.

Our support to you

  • We offer bespoke support for our foster parents and the child/ren they care for. After all, each child and foster parent are unique in their own way
  • Therapeutic Preparation to Foster Training
  • Access to our Centre for Fostering and Adoption Support
  • 24/7, 365 days a year cover, we are here for you when you need us
  • Regular supervision
  • Therapeutic Parenting Training – 10 sessions per year
  • Comprehensive Induction Training programme
  • Competitive fostering allowances
  • Sleepover care
  • Peer support
  • Social events
  • Refer a friend payments

Our training and ongoing support is unique and bespoke.

 

We know that ongoing training and support is vital for any successful fostering placement. Our families tell us that’s the main reason they chose Foster Care Matters. As well as the support that starts as soon as you contact us, to guide you through your enquiry and assessment, we are committed to offering you ongoing training and support throughout your fostering journey with us.

The Centre offers a variety of groups and activities for children and young people and we are developing groups for foster families.

As an approved Foster Care Matters foster parent, you will have access to the Centre for Fostering and Adoption Support. The Centre is a well-established service supporting adoption, permanency and fostering. The centre was founded in 2014 initially supporting adopters, adopted adults and birth families and expanded to meet the needs of permanency through kinship, foster care and special guardianship in 2019.

Our parent charity, Adoption Matters, also have their own in-house therapy service that provides a personalised therapeutic intervention based on a structured assessment and can work in partnership with local authorities’ on bespoke packages of support.

Our Story

In 2021-22, there were 54,620 placement changes for children in care in England, an average of 150 per day, showing the instability and insecurity vulnerable children and young people face.

As part of the Adoption Matters family, a children’s charity with children’s needs at their heart, our teams witnessed this crisis in foster care first hand and wanted to be an organisation that could help. We set out to research, develop and launch a new, not-for-profit fostering agency that is able to offer therapeutic training, dedicated support and is committed to re-invest back into our service to offer quality support and ongoing training to our foster parents, to enable them to help children really matter. Foster Care Matters was launched in early 2024.

Our Values & Mission


At Foster Care Matters we believe that children’s welfare and needs are paramount. Our mission is to enable children in our care to thrive and flourish, achieving the best of their potential, listening and responding to their needs.

  • To provide safe, caring and supportive homes for children requiring foster care.
  • To develop a supportive and nurturing fostering service that treats its carers with respect and understanding with an emphasis on wellbeing.
  • To develop our foster parents as professionals in foster care, providing the best training and career development opportunities.
  • To be a driver of positive change in the fostering sector through excellent practice and collaboration with other not-for-profit services.

Honest & Fair

Honest and fair

We undertake to treat every case fairly on its individual merits. Foster Care Matters aims to be honest and realistic in all our communications.

Inclusive

Inclusive

We strive to ensure equality of opportunity, both for our adoptive families and amongst our Staff and Trustees, regardless of gender, race, religion, culture, heritage, age, disability or sexuality.

Flexible

Flexible

We aim to continually develop and improve our services and increase engagement with our service users, using their feedback and suggestions to inform future developments.

Ethical

Ethical

We strive to ensure equality of opportunity, both for our adoptive families and amongst our Staff and Trustees, regardless of gender, race, religion, culture, heritage, age, disability or sexuality.

Celebrating Difference

Celebrating difference

We work within a culture of respect and acceptance, treating everyone who engages with the agency fairly, professionally and with respect to people’s right to confidentiality.

Our Allowances

We are honest and transparent in our fostering allowances to our foster parents, there are no hidden surprises! Our ethos at Foster Care Matters is making children matter and re-investing back into our services to enhance the support to our foster parents.

Our Team

Just like our foster parents, our team are from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences all with a common goal of making children matter. Meet our Foster Care Matters family here.

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Our Coverage

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We offer our fostering services across the North West based on our office locations in Chester, Warrington and Manchester. Please use our coverage map to help you see locations.

We deal with each enquiry individually and if you live outside of any of these areas, we may still be able to assist but our fostering team will need a chat with you first, so please do contact us. If we can’t help you, we will signpost you to an agency who can!

*Due to different legislation and Inspectorate registration requirements, we are currently unable to accept enquiries from prospective foster parents who live in Wales.

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