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. We have now welcomed Time for Children and 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.