By Action for Children · 07 Feb 2024

Have you ever thought about fostering?

Spring Childcare is part of Action for Children and we raise vital funds through our Nursery and Out-of-School Club spaces to support the charity and help the country’s most vulnerable children, families and youths. The work we do within Spring supports the charitable aims and services which support the welfare of children, young people, and families. 


Have you ever thought about fostering? 

30,000 children enter the care system every year.  You could make a difference and help some vulnerable young people thrive.  All you need is a spare room, an open heart and your time. 

Recent figures by Ofsted show that significantly more foster carers have left the role this year compared to the number of new joiners. This means there is now an urgent need for over 6,000 new foster families in England.  

Action for Children Fostering is recruiting foster carers. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people who can’t live at home.  We’re recruiting new carers who have the patience, love and kindness to make a life-changing impact. 

Why foster? 

Fostering can be one of the most rewarding things you could ever do. Children and young people who need to be fostered are some of the most vulnerable people in our society.  To be instrumental in their protection and development is an opportunity and a privilege.  Knowing that you were able to influence their future and help them to reach their full potential is hugely rewarding.  As a foster carer you will be able to see the impact that your care and nurture is having on a child or young person.  To watch them overcome anxieties and seeing their circumstances improve because of you will be something you can be extremely proud of.


Only 6% of young people who have been in care go on to further education. 

You could be a great foster carer. 

Foster carers come from all walks of life.  Caring people who can give a child or young person in need their time, attention, affection and a safe, nurturing place to call home make great foster carers.  Foster carers need to be good listeners, optimistic, realistic, warm and passionate. Almost anyone can foster.  Foster carers can be single, married, homeowners or tenants. The minimum age to be a foster carer is 21 but there is no upper age limit.  A foster carer must be a permanent resident with the right to work in the UK.  Foster carers do not have to have had children themselves. Could this be you?

“I can’t put into words how proud I am of my foster carers – they’ve helped me and taught me a lot of things that I’m going to use in the future.” Foster Child 

Why choose Action for Children Fostering? 

Every year Action for Children Fostering helps hundreds of children to find safe and loving homes.  We’re experts in finding the best match between children and foster families. We are proud of all our carers and the incredible difference they make.  We offer an approach that above all is centred around the young person and focuses on offering stable, loving and secure fostering homes that will enhance their life chances.  As a registered charity we do not profit from any of our fostering services.  

We’re experts in therapeutic techniques and train all of our foster carers to a high standard, ensuring they are fully equipped to manage any situation that may arise.  We provide 24/7, year-round professional support tailored to the needs of our foster families and ensure that a qualified social worker is always at the other end of the phone, day or night.   

At Action for Children Fostering you’ll receive a weekly fee and an allowance ranging from £370 to £640, depending on the type of foster care you provide.  We look after you so that you can look after your young person.  In some circumstances you may be able to take on additional work outside of fostering, providing you can be available when your young person needs you.


“The training at Action for Children helps you to see it from the perspective of the child. It can be hard work and you get good days and bad days. When you get to see your young person’s true self shine through, you know it’s all worthwhile.”  Seamus, Action for Children foster carer. 


Do something incredible – foster with us and give a child a safe and loving home 

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