The Foster Care Co-operative, an independent not for profit foster care provider, celebrates 15 successful years of this week.
Set up in 1999 by Chairman Laurie Gregory, the Co-operative provides an alternative to other independent fostering agencies, most of whom operate on the basis of making a profit from the provision of Foster Care. The Foster Care Co-operative has grown steadily over the last 15 years and now has teams situated throughout England and Wales, with the main offices in Malvern and Cardiff.
"Quite apart from the morality of it, I wanted to give more children the chance of family life. I instinctively did not wish to start a 'for profit' company and after meetings with my Chamber of Commerce and invaluable advice from Co-operatives UK, I chose the model of multi-stakeholder and common ownership and registered the company. We have grown slowly by bringing new people to fostering." Said Laurie Gregory.
Hundreds of children have benefited throughout the years, with a diverse range of new foster carers being approved by The Foster Care Co-operative panel.
On Monday 20th October staff and carers in Malvern met for a celebratory slice of cake and those based in Wales met at the Cardiff office and enjoyed a vintage afternoon tea.
Ian Brazier, Executive Director said; “Fifteen years is a tremendous milestone for The Foster Care Co-operative. We have created a community of dedicated professional foster carers and a fantastic staffing team to meet the needs of vulnerable and often complex young people, offering them a safe and stable family environment. I am inspired every day by the dedication and commitment of our carers.”
You can see more of our photographs from the events here