The only not-for-profit ‘co-operative’ fostering agency in the UK…
As a fostering agency, we are unique! We are not-for-profit, so we reinvest surplus income back into providing more foster carer training and support.
But we go further than that.
As the only ‘co-operative’ operating in foster care in the UK, we give our members a clear voice within the agency. And that means our foster carers, staff and the children we support. This helps us put children at the heart of everything we do.
As a co-operative, we listen to our foster carers via regular carer forums. Foster carers help us shape our organisation, and many suggestions have been actioned and incorporated into the agency that we are today.
We also listen to the children we support – giving them a dedicated section of our website that they helped shape.
We believe that it is our members that make The Foster Care Co-operative a success.
We were founded in 1999 by an ex-Deputy Director of Social Services, Laurie Gregory, who wanted to do things differently…
“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. Instead I chose the model of common ownership and registered the company. We have grown slowly by bringing new people to fostering.”
Our values are reflected in our membership of the Fairer Fostering Partnership, an agency that represents a group of like-minded fostering agencies whose sole objective is to make a difference to children and young people’s lives.
Our values are:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”
As an agency we expect our staff to conduct themselves in a professional way; we provide the services expressed in our Statement of Purpose; we honour our commitments and promises; we stand behind our foster carers and support them in caring for the children in care safely and positively.
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking”
We work tirelessly to ensure the service we provide to our foster carers is of high quality through training, development and providing unparalleled support to foster carers. We never cut corners and the outcomes demonstrate this commitment.
“Shortcuts are built on sand, while integrity is forged with iron”
Integrity is the lifeblood of our business. It separates our agency from the rest. We believe that doing the right things for the right reasons, and treating our carers and staff fairly and with respect are fundamental to our success.