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Following the resounding success of FosterTalk's 10th Anniversary Foster Carer Awards event yesterday where FosterTalk celebrated the work of all foster carers in the UK; Melody Douglas, managing director of FosterTalk said:

"I would like to thank the FosterTalk team for their hard work and their unwavering commitment and dedication to the success of FosterTalk and our 10th anniversary event. I am extremely proud to work with Steve, Sarah, Jackie, Gemma, Bernie, Eszter, Adrian, Kelly, Karen and Clare who all share an unrivalled passion for supporting Foster carers and who together will lead FosterTalk to achieve its mission to become the UK's Number 1 provider of support services for foster carers."




Fosterline is delivered by FosterTalk on behalf of the Department for Education.

Fosterline provides confidential, impartial, advice information and signposting on the broad range of issues of concern to foster carers, in order to support them in their role, aid retention and encourage recruitment of foster carers.

Fosterline Advisors respond to enquiries by telephone, email and on the Fosterline interactive Forum, on Monday to Friday between 9 am to 5 pm

For more information about Fostering or how to be assessed as a Foster carer please visit the website at or call the Freephone 0800 number.

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For information on becoming a foster carer visit




For some people, housing benefit reforms have resulted in a reduction of housing benefit because they have been assessed as under-occupying their homes (having a spare bedroom that is not required). These changes came into effect on 1st April 2013. Known as the removal of the spare room subsidy, you may have heard of this being referred to as the Bedroom Tax or Under Occupancy Charge.

The Department for Education and the Welsh Government are to explore the effect of these housing benefit changes on those currently or thinking about fostering, adopting or special guardianship.

Are you...

  • Living in social housing and claiming housing benefit and of working age?
  • Considering or going through an application to foster, adopt or become a special guardian?....or
  • An approved foster carer or have adopted a child/young person or you are a special guardian?

If so, please contact Mary Dennison on 01423 886 233 or by email to give your views by telephone.

Or complete this online survey before Friday 30th January 2015.

Click here to start the survey

All responses are confidential, names will not be used in any report resulting from this research. Taking part will not affect any benefits you receive in any way or any contact you have with a Government department or agency, now or in the future.

A crucial service that has a huge impact on the retention of Foster Carers.

Local Authority Children’s Services Manager

I chose FosterTalk because their support makes all the difference.

Foster Carer

If it hadn’t been for FosterTalk, I don’t know how I’d have coped.

Foster Carer

You can now watch the fantastic highlights from the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards ceremony.

Please click on the link below to watch our short film of the event.

Welcome to FosterTalk

FosterTalk is an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing high quality professional support to Foster Carers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Foster Carer Memberships

Foster Carer Memberships provide Foster Carers with the most comprehensive range of specialised support services, that benefit the whole of the fostering household. Memberships are available by bulk subscription through Fostering Service Providers, enabling them to demonstrate their commitment to supporting and rewarding their foster families.

Foster Carers can purchase individual memberships - become a member of FosterTalk.

FISS - Foster Carers Independent Support Services

Foster Carer Independent Support Service (FISS) provides advocacy and support during difficult times such as complaints and allegations against Foster Carers, making the process clearer and easier for everyone involved. FISS is flexible and responsive, ensuring a joined up approach and assisting in the recruitment and retention of Foster Carers.

Download FosterTalk FISS leaflet

Tax & Accountancy Services

Foster Carer Members have unlimited access to FosterTalk’s Tax Helpline.  Our specialist team of tax and accountancy advisors have the knowledge and experience to offer professional, confidential advice and support to foster families with their tax and accountancy affairs. Here are some of the areas that FosterTalk members use the Tax helpline for:

  • Advice on whether you need to register as self-employed
  • Advice on how to register as self-employed
  • Advice on National Insurance contributions
  • Working out your taxable income
  • Advice on Carer Allowances
  • When to pay your tax
  • And much more….

Discounted Fees for Tax Returns

FosterTalk’s tax and accountancy team not only specialises in looking after foster carers tax affairs but also offers discounted fees for the preparation and submission of your self-assessment tax returns as well as other accountancy services.

FosterTalk partnership with BAAF!

BAAF Adoption & Fostering

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More and more Fostering Service Providers are switching to FosterTalk. View Partners.
FosterTalk partners over 80 Local Authorities & Independent Fostering Agencies in supporting their foster families.
More and more Fostering Service Providers are switching to FosterTalk. View Partners.
Visit the Memberships section to explore the full range of member benefits.
From legal expenses insurance to accountancy and tax advice, education advice to high street discounts... and much more!
Visit the Memberships section to explore the full range of member benefits.
FISS improves the recruitment and retention of Foster Carers.
FISS offers locally based, independent Advisors to provide advocacy and support for foster families during difficult times.
FISS improves the recruitment and retention of Foster Carers.
FosterTalk welcomes Foster Carer Members to our secure members only forum to share ideas.
Share your views and thoughts with others involved in fostering. Anyone can visit our Public Forum.
FosterTalk welcomes Foster Carer Members to our secure members only forum to share ideas.

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