What is Fostering?

Child and young person thrive for carers who understand what is fostering and have empathy for their situation

What is Fostering?

Fostering is a way of providing a stable family life for children and young people, who are unable to live with their parents at a point in time. This allows children the chance to thrive in a safe, secure, loving and caring home environment with foster carers. The children and young people placed with foster carers are from a diverse range of backgrounds and will display different behaviour depending upon their various experiences.


All children and young people are different, making it difficult to define a “typical child”. However, what you can expect is that, as with any child or young person, they need security, stability and the chance to develop and thrive with carers who understand what is fostering and have empathy for the child’s situation.

Foster carers

Fostering differs from adoption, in that an adoption order ends a child’s legal relationship with their natural family, whereas looked after children remain the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents.

Foster carers placements can last for days, months or even years. Many children return home to their families but others may receive long-term support; either through continued fostering, adoption, residential care or by being helped to live independently.

Sunbeam strives to find fostering solutions for the many young people in care. For this reason, Sunbeam provides various types of foster care and training to teach carers all about what is fostering.
Sunbeam specialises in offering different types of placements and fostering solutions.

To become a foster carer or for further information on what is fostering, please contact us today and we are happy to provide you with the information and support you need.


Learn more about fostering solutions with Sunbeam.



Sunbeam Fostering Agency

Sunbeam is one of the UK's leading Foster Agencies with an established reputation for high standards and outstanding support.


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10 Years of Caring     Member of The Fostering Network     Fosterline    

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LONDON (Registered Office)

Highbridge, Oxford road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1HR, UK

MIDLANDS (Registered Office)

383 Broad Lane Coventry West Midlands CV5 7AX, UK

SOUTH (Resource centre)

South Central, Atlantic House, Imperial Way, Reading, RG2 0TD, UK