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Our Story

A Fostering Company Built By Foster Carers

Fostering Options is part of the Futures Group and was established in 1999.
Here is our story...

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to think about the possibility of becoming a foster carer. It's a big decision, and it's important to get it right.

Fostering Options was established back in 2002, the office in Milton Keynes was opened in 2003, where it remains to date. Fostering Options recognised that due to market changes it would be beneficial to be under a larger organisation and sold the company to Futures For Children in 2009.  

Between other agencies becoming commodities bought and sold by overseas bankers and venture capitalists, and cash-strapped local authorities rushing to the cheapest options and slashing services, it can often feel like a race to the bottom in terms of quality and care. You only have to look to distressing stories of care services for the elderly to see the dangers of putting profit before people.

But Futures for Children refuses to become a penny-pinching service. We have never been bought or sold, and our founders remain at the heart of our organisation. Among our team, you’ll meet foster carers, social workers, and parents, with one of our directors even growing up in care. It is this rich and varied lived experience that gives us our unique understanding of foster families.

And it’s a testament to our commitment to providing excellent support to staff and foster families that owners of other agencies have not looked simply for the highest bidder but instead entrusted us to continue their brilliant work. Again and again, retiring owners have placed their companies into the hands of Futures for Children, knowing that we will look after their carers and children.

As Futures for Children grew in age, we too have grown in size. Along with Fostering Options, we have now welcomed Foster Care Solutions to join a group determined to provide the best possible service.

Maybe you’re new to fostering, or maybe you’ve experienced first-hand the takeovers and cutbacks in other agencies, but if you want to become a foster carer and to work for a company that places children and carers at the forefront of their philosophy, you can get in touch

As the original owner and founder of the company, as a parent, a foster carer and a social worker, I look forward to meeting you.

- Nick

Meet Our Team

Julie Mountney - Asst. Director

What We Provide...

Fostering Options provides fostering placements for children and young people who will have experienced trauma in their lives, either through neglect, physical injury, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. We acknowledge that these young people are often overwhelmed by these events and are unable to find appropriate ways of dealing with them, which will inevitably present a wide range of behaviours.

Finding Solutions...

At Fostering Options we acknowledge that, along with these more challenging behaviours, every young person will also have acquired many skills and strengths which have enabled them to survive their experiences thus far. Whilst we do not believe that it is the child’s responsibility to solve the problem, it is our aim to assist them in building on these strengths and skills to find acceptable solutions to their own particular circumstances.

Skills and Training...

If you decide to become a foster carer for us we will aim to equip you with the appropriate skills and training to work with the child in such a way that it facilitates joint growth and solutions which will eventually enable young people to return home successfully, move on to a more permanent placement, or achieve independent living; whichever is in accordance with their Care Plan.

Read Our Statement Of Purpose

Support to Foster Carers

Named Supervising Social Workers
Once approved you will receive ongoing support from a named qualified and experienced Social Worker.
  • Named Supervising Social Workers
  • Induction Training Programme
  • TSD Standards
  • Supervision Meetings
  • Support Groups
  • ​Education Consultants
  • ​Therapeutic ServiceTraining​
  • Telephone Support
  • Out of Hours Service
  • Financial Support
  • Respite
  • Individual membership to Fostering Network
Induction Training Programme
Following your approval you will be invited to attend a 'Foundation Course' which will give you further advice and training to prepare you for your placement.
TSD Standards
Support to achieve a national qualification designed specifically for new foster carers over your first year of fostering.
Supervision Meetings
Supervision meetings usually take place at your home on a monthly basis, although this can be increased if needed.
Support Groups
These meetings provide opportunities to meet with other foster carers and share their experiences as well as hearing from Social Workers of any developments in the organisation and the wider world of fostering.
Education Consultants
Access to consultants who are available to support children and young people’s education.
Therapeutic Service
Access to our Therapeutic Service providing specific support to foster carers at times of stress.
Each foster carer has an Individual Development Plan; your Supervising Social Worker will complete this with you and identify your specific training and development needs.
Telephone Support
Access to telephone support is available to all foster carers during working hours. This could be available through the local office or directly through mobile phone access. There is always someone at the end of the phone.
Out of Hours Service
A telephone advice line is available outside of working hours 365 days a year.
Financial Support
Regular payments exceeding the Fostering Network Payment Guidelines are made to each fostering household with a placement.
Foster carers will be entitled to respite in line with the child’s Care Plan.
Membership to Fostering Network
This allows foster carers access to the services provided by this recognised body.

We want for children what we want for ourselves: to achieve our potential no matter where we come from or which challenges we meet along the way.

- Nick Barnsby, Director

We Are Here To Guide You

Speak to a foster care adviser now.

Call: 01908 587666

Ready to change a young person's life?

* All our carers are paid above the Fostering Network Payment Guidelines.
(Made to each fostering household with a placement).
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