The Fostering Company is an Independent Fostering Agency based in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England.
As an Independent Fostering Agency, the Fostering Company provides a fostering service to the seven local authorities. Foster care and fostering services are offered in Newcastle, Gateshead, South Shields, North Shields, Sunderland, County Durham, Northumberland, Morpeth, South Tyneside and North Tyneside in the northeast region.
We work in partnership with these seven North East councils to offer a dedicated and local fostering service. We have our own foster carers and social workers who work hard to ensure that the needs of the children are met to high standards and without delay.
What is an Independent Fostering Agency?
The fostering company is an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA). Independent Fostering Agencies have been used by local authorities for over 20 years to provide suitable families for looked after children.
There is currently a shortage of up to 8,000 foster carers in the UK and Independent Fostering Agencies, such as the fostering company, play a vital role in providing much needed placements for children and young people.
To ensure the provision of the highest quality care, foster care agencies are subject to strict regulations and Ofsted inspections.
Fostering with an Independent Fostering Agency can provide you with many benefits; these are often linked to the relationship that is shared between a foster carer and the agency. Local authorities are responsible for fostering, adoption and child protection. At the fostering company we only focus on fostering, as such we have become specialists in this field and have skills and time to devote solely to our foster carers.
That’s why our foster carers choose to foster with us and why so many of our foster carers stay; because of the unique relationship that we share with them. When you foster with the fostering company, you become part of our team, and that means that we’re on hand to offer any advice, guidance, training or support that you need in your time as a foster carer.
We have a huge passion for providing the very best fostering service to our carers. Ultimately, it’s an approach that’s producing some outstanding outcomes for the children and young people in our care.