Working with Local Authorities |


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Working Together with Local Authorities

Fostering Options is an established and progressive organisation committed to delivering a high quality service to children, young people, foster carers and local authorities in the South and West Midlands.

We work in partnership with all local authorities in the region to offer a wide range of fostering placements for children and young people to meet their individual needs.

The Futures Group is committed to supporting local authorities to meet their sufficiency targets as required under Section 22G of the Children Act 1989 (‘the 1989 Act’). The organisation’s recruitment strategy is to recruit foster carers from different backgrounds, cultures and religions to ensure that more choice is available to local authorities when seeking placements.

Fostering Options works in partnership on a contractual basis to provide foster placements for children and young people from the following local authorities:

West Midlands - Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Sandwell, Solihull, Telford, Walsall, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Wolverhampton


Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Luton, Bedford Central and Bedfordshire

Thurrock, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

London Care Placements - 33 London Boroughs ​

Other offices in the Futures Group work with the following authorities:

  • West London Alliance - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Westminster,
  • Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea
  • North London Strategic Alliance - London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington
  • ER4 – Thurrock, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
  • South Central – Bracknell, Reading, Wokingham, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Slough, Southampton,
  • Surrey, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead
  • West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton and Hove
  • South West Contract – Bristol, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Swindon
  • Dorset, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Tees Valley – Cleveland, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar, Middlesbrough
  • Tyne, Wear and Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside
  • North Yorkshire

Additionally we make placements for children and young people under spot purchase arrangements with many individual local authorities. If you are a local authority wishing to discuss our spot purchase pricing structure, please contact us.

If you are a Local Authority and would like to place a child or young person with us please contact our Placements team on 01908 587 666 or email 

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose has been developed in accordance with appropriate fostering regulations and national minimum standards:

  • The Care Standards Act 2000
  • The Fostering Services Regulations 2002
  • The National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services 2002

It aims to provide children, young people, parents, carers, staff and other professionals information about the objectives of our agency and the services and facilities we provide.

​You can download our Statement of Purpose for our registered offices here:

Fostering Options' Mission Statement

Fostering Options provides, through a flexible, caring and imaginative foster care service, an opportunity for all our children and young people to become valued members of tomorrow’s society.

Looked after children represent the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. At Fostering Options it is our objective to provide support and conditions in which these most vulnerable young people can thrive and achieve a positive outcome from their time spent in foster care. There is much work to be done to redress the disadvantages these children have experienced and little time to do this before they become independent young adults. For many children a positive outcome may be a return to their parents or extended family. Maintaining contact and working with genuine respect for the child’s family is crucial for keeping these options available. Other children may succeed best in long term alternative families including permanent foster care placements.

Fostering Options can provide a wide range of foster care placements and professional support services providing specific packages of care to meet the needs of individual children and young people. These services are delivered by qualified and experienced social work staff and foster carers who are valued as full members of our professional team.

Fostering Options

As an existing foster carer it is important that you work with a company that is able to fully support both the children and foster carers. A lot of carers from Local Authorities and other Agencies come to us and feel that there could be more done for themselves and the looked after children.

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