Who we are

See what makes us different...

We're not-for-profit...

We do not make a commercial profit from foster care. Instead, any surplus income we make is re-invested to provide more foster care support and more training for our carers. We have no business-related targets to meet, meaning that careful carer-to-child matching is our priority. As a result, our placement stability rate is over six times higher than the national average – meaning that our children are more likely to receive the consistent care they need during their time in the care system.

We're a co-operative...

Being a co-operative means that our organisation is overseen by our board members who have no financial interest in the agency – unlike distant shareholders or investors. This means we can stay focused on our prime objective: to put children first above all else. 

We are proud members of Co-operatives UK.

We're unique...

We are the only not-for-profit fostering organisation in the UK operating as a co-operative. This means that we give our foster carers, children and staff a clear ‘voice’ within the organisation.

We do this through the use of carer forums, that any of our foster carers are welcome to join. This puts our carers in a position of being able to directly contribute to the running of the organisation.

We also give our children the opportunity to share their ideas with us.  In fact, the children helped create the Kidz Zone section on our website, an area for children in care to go and enter competitions, submit artwork – even write a blog!

A co-operative is run by its members – and that is exactly how The Foster Care Co-operative operates.

How it all began...

When Laurie Gregory, an ex-Deputy Director of Social Services, decided to start an independent foster care organisation – he wanted to do something different.
Laurie was a foster carer himself for many years, so he had a full 360 degree understanding of the sector. Starting a ‘for profit’ agency was not an option, but he wanted to go further than simply establishing a not-for-profit organisation.
He then contacted Co-operatives UK, and plans for The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) began to fall into place.
“Quite apart from the morality of it, I wanted to give more children the chance of family life,” Laurie said. “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.”
The Foster Care Co-operative was founded in 1999. Since then, the co-operative model has proved hugely beneficial. As there is no involvement from distant shareholders or investors, FCC’s members on the ‘shop floor’ have always been consulted and listened to. This has made the organisation ‘transparent’ and responsive to change.
Simply put, FCC have given its staff who work directly with children the power to make positive change within the organisation for the good of those children.
The FCC is above all child orientated; taking great care to match children with foster carers. There is no pressure to place children in order to maximise profit, with a special culture based on valuing foster carers and dedication to providing mutual support that will change a child’s life.
As an ethical, not-for-profit foster care agency, any surplus income FCC makes is re-invested to provide more foster care support and more training for their carers – with the objective of providing stable homes to more children.
This is how foster care should be.
FCC remains the only not-for-profit fostering agency operating as a co-operative in the UK. It has grown steadily and organically and now has teams situated throughout England and Wales, with offices in Malvern, Cardiff and Manchester.

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