Fostering in The East

Could you make a difference to a child's life?


Providing foster care is about putting the happiness, welfare and best interests of local children first. 

Through our network of amazing foster carers across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire supported by our team of knowledgeable social workers, we’ve got over 20 years experience of doing just that for vulnerable children in care in the east of England. 

Becoming a foster carer with our not-for-profit agency gives you full training, 24/7 support, generous carer fees and a variety of soft benefits.  You will get our commitment to support you in providing the best care possible for vulnerable children. Our team of experienced social workers will look after you every step of the way on your fostering journey. 

With over 57,500 children living with foster parents in England in March 2022, and with an urgent need for at least 5,000 more foster families needed right now, we need families like yours to join our #notforprofitfostering network to support young people in your local area.  CAN YOU OPEN YOUR HEART & YOUR HOME? 

Why choose us?


We give foster carers the opportunity to get involved and have their say through our online Carer Forum and local regional Carer Support Groups.  

We also run regular events and activities for our foster families.

About Us

We are proud to be a not-for-profit fostering organisation. We reinvest surplus income back into more foster carer support and training. Children are at the heart of everything we do. We have a team of experienced social workers across England & Wales.

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Our team of social workers are based around the Eastern counties.  Helen Underwood, our regional manager helps ensure all our foster carers are fully supported. Our team run events in Norfolk and Suffolk where you have a chance to meet up for an informal chat about fostering.

Don't take our word for it...

"FCC have been fantastic. We really trust our social workers and the team in the East to make brilliant decisions. They really want what's best for the children and the fostering family"
FCC Foster Carer, Eastern Counties

Thank you to everyone at FCC East region for all your consistent diligence, compassion and hard work. You are all an inspiration to us. "

"My foster carers are more than excellent. They encourage me with my hobbies and interests!"

Fostered child, Norfolk


Becoming a foster parent / carer

We start with an informal chat over the phone.  Then we follow up with an application pack for you to complete and we set up a home visit by one of our social workers. 

Next we commence a process called a Form F, which is a detailed assessment. At Stage 1 we do various checks including a DBS, a medical and references.  Stage 2 looks in more detail about your adult life and childhood, your relationships, your work and family life.

Once Form F is completed we invite you to a Fostering Panel, which is the final step to approve all new foster carers. 

  After this, you’re ready to make a change to a child’s life!

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, and are aged 18 or over with a spare bedroom in your home, why not register your interest to see if we cover your area? Simply complete our short form below, or call us on 0800 0856 538.