The Fostering Stocktake Report, undertaken by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers, has mentioned The Foster Care Co-operative in the Independent Fostering Agencies from the Voluntary Sector section (p.64). The focus of the section was to examine why the contribution made by the voluntary sector in providing fostering is small – providing about 4% of fostering placements. One of the reasons offered was that, according to research, the fees charged by a lot of not-for-profits or charities exceeded those charged by private sector organisations. Some examples of exceptions to this rule were The Foster Care Co-operative, TACT, The Together Trust and Team Fostering. These agencies were found to charge low fees. You can read the report here.
- 12th February 2018