Other organisations

There are many great organisations who work to support adoptive families and foster and kinship carers. Some services are free of charge, but others (particularly any training courses) may have to be paid for. In some cases, you may be entitled to training and support packages through your local authority, adoption agency or independent fostering agency, although we understand that accessing this support can be a challenge.

Adoption:

Adoption UK offers local support for members, (paid for) services include Family Support Buddies, Family Days, training, and a specialist parenting course for adoptive parents, as well as publications. Call on 0844 848 7900.

After Adoption offers a helpline with trained counsellors, aSafeBase’ parenting programme, and family days and support groups in certain areas. Call on 0800 0 568 578.

PAC offers pre-adoption, post-adoption and permanency advice and counselling, therapeutic work and workshops (mostly in London). Advice Line: 020 7284 5879.

The Centre for Adoption Support offers multi-disciplinary support for adoption and permanency, based in Northwest England. Call on 01925 534 118.

Fostering:

Fosterline is a free service that provides advice and information to prospective and approved foster carers and those who support them. The team can give advice on fostering issues, such as allegations, approval, finance, legislation, and relationships with fostering services, and provide details of other useful services and support. Call on 0800 040 7675.

The Fostering Network is a national charity. There is an annual charge for membership, and members have access to a 24-hour helplines for legal issues, medical advice, stress counselling, legal assistance should an allegation be made against them, advice on financial issues including benefits, mortgages and retirement planning, a quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletters, an online forum, and resources and publications. Call on 020 7620 6400.

Foster Talk offers a membership for a fee, which includes access to legal advice, accounting advice, online learning, high street discounts, a magazine and an online forum. They also provide telephone counselling to members with registered nurses. Within Foster Talk, the Foster Carers Independent Support Service (FISS) offers locally based, independent advisors to provide support, advocacy and or mediation for foster families during difficult times such as allegations and complaints. Call on 01527 573 790.

Kinship care:

Grandparents Plus offers support programmes and advice to all who provide kinship care. Call on 0300 123 7015.

Advice for churches:

Thirtyone:eight (formally CCPAS) offers advice and support for churches on safeguarding and child protection issues.

Whatever your current circumstance, if you would like someone to talk and pray with, call our team on 0300 001 0995. We are always happy to listen and will signpost you to further support where we can.

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