Fostering Moments with The CFT

Whether that’s the friendships you’ve made, the children you’ve reunified with their birth families or the holidays you’ve enjoyed with your looked-after-children – We want to hear from you!

Foster Care Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate exactly what makes fostering special, and encourage those who can to open their doors and hearts to vulnerable young people who are in care through no fault of their own.

And every year, we must recruit thousands more foster carers.

Over the two weeks, we’ll be sharing Andrew Turner Awards, Carer interviews and more just like this carer feedback

“We have seen the Trust grow and change over the years which has helped us, as well as many other fostering families grow too.”

“Our lives have fully changed since being with The CFT, it has been challenging yes, it has also been extremely fulfilling and enjoyable. I would highly recommend The CFT to anyone who wants to foster or even just looking into it.”

For those looking to get to know us and our incredible community of carers, social workers and staff The Children’s Family Trust have been supporting, mentoring and training foster carers since 1945. Over that time, our service has developed, but our ethos remains – Providing young people a family for life.

That means a looked-after-child, whether they were fostered with us for 6 days, 6 months or 16 years have somewhere they can access support without question. As a not for profit, we can ensure resources are made available as and when they’re needed.

Being a charity also allows us to keep our caseloads low, so staff are there for you whenever and however you need. A tailored fostering experience ensures families have stickability and the confidence to make the right decisions. Whether thats daily check-ins, BSL interpreters or advanced training that supports your placement, we’re here to ensure our families have every tool possible to make fostering a success.


So, if you’re looking into fostering this Foster Care Fortnight – Get in touch with us, and get to know what making a difference with The CFT really looks like.

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