Foster Care for Local Authorities

Relevant foster care information for Local Authorities

We are a not-for-profit co-operative and registered with Co-operatives UK. We are a private company limited by guarantee incorporated in 1999.


Our fees are highly competitive, age related and discounted for long term placement. We retain no profit and the money received is typically spent as follows:

  • 52% on foster carer fees
  • 24% on staffing
  • 24% on training, insurances, premises, travel and all other costs.


We are registered with Ofsted in England and CIW in Wales. Inspection reports can be viewed on these websites: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted and www.careinspectorate.wales/about-us.

We have two managers registered under Fostering Services Regulations and qualified and experienced social work teams.

As stated in FCCs most recent Ofsted Report:

“Children are well matched to their foster families. Children make good progress. The assessments of foster carers are thorough and analytical. Foster carers are well supported and prepared to care for children. The fostering panel provides a good level of independent challenge and scrutiny. Foster carers, staff and managers work well with other professionals to provide good all-round support to children. The agency provides an excellent overview of children’s academic outcomes and progress. Children are supported by the agency to remain in their foster families on a ‘staying put’ arrangement when they reach adulthood.”

We have active groups of carers in:

The West Midlands, Bristol and the South West, Merseyside, Great Manchester, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and throughout Wales.


We are fully insured against the following risks:

  • Public Liability £10,000,000
  • Employers’ Liability £10,000,000
  • Professional Indemnity £5,000,000
  • All Risks/Malicious Damage for Carers £100,000

Preferred provider status

We have ‘preferred provider status’ with a number of local authorities. Referees can be provided on request.

Joint planning

We are an expanding agency and are always interested to plan with local authorities to meet the needs of children. If we advertise for foster carers in your area, we discourage applications from existing carers, we plan the campaign to support rather than undermine your service.

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Get in Touch

From England: Call 01684 892380 or email duty@fostercarecooperative.co.uk

From Wales: Call 02920 464348 or email dutycardiff@fostercarecooperative.co.uk