Foster Care Associates

Foster Care Associates how it all began...

Meet Jan and Jim. They founded Foster Care Associates in 1994, back in the days when Friends had only just hit our television screens and smart phones were still a daydream.

With experiences as foster carers and social workers, Jan and Jim wanted to use their passion and experience within fostering services to make an even bigger difference to the lives of looked after children.

They found a small office in the Worcestershire countryside and started their own fostering agency; Foster Care Associates (FCA). Jan and Jim remain at the heart of fostering across FCA and are actively involved every day.

What FCA is now......

That was almost 20 years ago and we’ve been placing children with loving foster carers ever since. We’ve come a long way since those early days and now offer a wide range of services to children and families, alongside consultancy and resourcing for the social care sector.

FCA is an independent fostering agency committed to making a difference. Unlike many other independent foster care agencies, we have no shareholders or private equity interests to serve, we can focus on our core vision to make a positive and lasting difference for children, families and communities.

With the interests of children and young people at its heart, FCA works closely with local authorities to provide caring and stable homes for looked after children but always goes the extra mile for our carers and children.

Foster Care Associates (FCA) is the UK’s largest independent fostering agency and we’ve been helping people become extraordinary foster carers for over 20 years. Around 90% of local authorities across the UK choose to place with us so, when you decide to join the Foster Care Associates, you know you’re in good hands.

We know how important it is for foster parents to have the right support, training and experience to do the absolute best for the young person in their care.

Why foster?

69,000 children will need fostering in the UK this year. Becoming a foster parent is an amazing and rewarding journey where you will be able to change the lives of children and young people for the better, whether this is a short-term or a longer-term foster placement.

Join Foster Care Associates and you’ll become a part of the UK’s largest independent fostering agency. And we don’t only care about children. We also care about our carers, which is why we provide them with one of the best foster carer packages out there, including:

  • 24/7 support – we’re here whenever you need us
  • Excellent on-going training
  • Access to your local fostering team at an office near you
  • Competitive foster allowance payments
  • Local support groups and social events
  • Switching agency bonus
  • Recommend a friend incentive

Allowances and payments

Fostering is a fantastic career and our carers deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. That’s why we offer generous and competitive fostering allowances.

Our allowances take into account the demands of foster care and the significance of the role you play in a child or young person’s life. They’re designed to help you cover the cost of looking after the child in your care.

We don’t just reward you financially though. At FCA, we offer unrivalled levels of support and training to all our foster carers. It’s just one of the reasons why we’re the foster carer’s carer.

Taking the next step and want to know more?

Like most people, you’ve probably got a few questions to ask before deciding whether fostering’s right for you. You will want to know whether you can foster, the fostering process and importantly, how it could impact on your existing children and family.

We can help. Our team of friendly fostering experts, many foster carers themselves, can offer honest and practical advice. Please get in touch - 0800 434 6000

Contact your local team


Topaz Building, Unit 5, Birmingham Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove (use B61 0HJ for sat nav directions to this office)B61 OGD