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Are you thinking about becoming a foster carer or wondering whether fostering is right for you?

If you are interested in fostering but not sure where to start, it’s best to find out as much as possible about what is involved in fostering, the assessment process and the training and support available to you. This is where Fosterline can help!

Fosterline is a free, confidential helpline provided by FosterTalk on behalf of the Department for Education, offering advice on fostering issues where you will find lots of advice and information to help you, including a mapping facility to find a fostering service in your area.

Would you like to know what fostering involves, how long it takes to become a carer or what training and support you’ll receive? We can help. Simply call Fosterline on 0800 040 7675 from 9am-5 pm, Monday to Friday. Calling outside of office hours? Leave a message and an advisor will call you back the next working day.

For more information on Fosterline, please visit Fosterline is delivered by FosterTalk, and is funded by Department for Education.

Visit Fosterline and read our frequently asked questions

Or, take our Fostering Quiz to see if you could foster

You can find a local fostering service by using our interactive mapping system here

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer but haven’t yet completed your fostering journey, we can still help. FosterTalk offers pre-approval membership to foster carers going through the assessment process and includes access to unlimited advice and support right through to fostering panel and beyond. Once you have been approved as a foster carer your FosterTalk Membership will be upgraded to include all the benefits of an approved foster carer

FosterTalk’s pre-approval membership includes access to:

  • General fostering advice helpline
  • 24-hour legal advice helpline
  • Accountancy and tax advice
  • 24-hour counselling helpline
  • Personal finance advice helpline
  • Website and online forums
  • Quarterly magazine
  • Thousands of high street discounts
  • Education advisory service
  • 24-hour medical and first aid helpline

Interested? To find out more click here