State of the Nation's Foster Care 2021

In 2021 we introduced our first State of the Nation's Foster Care survey for fostering services to compliment our existing survey for foster carers. This will ensure the survey is as representative as possible of the fostering sector and also offers fostering services the opportunity to benchmark their own findings against national responses.

Our State of the Nation's Foster Care survey is the most comprehensive survey within the fostering community and the survey findings are used to inform and influence the foster care agenda at a local and national level. We need as many foster carers and fostering services to complete the survey as possible to continue to effectively support our members and influence positive change. 

Thank you

Thank you to the 3,300 foster carers and over 100 fostering services who took the time to participate in this year's survey. We are currently analysing the data and will be launching the reports in the Autumn. 

On completion of the survey, fostering services and foster carers will be invited to exclusive forums and events that will give additional, anonymised and country- or regional-specific information from this survey as well as the foster carers’ survey that can be used to improve your offer and services. The events will also provide networking and best practice sharing opportunities across the sector and will commence towards the end of the year.

You can read our last State of the Nation report published in 2019 and our Impact Report 2020 which shows how we used the findings from our last survey to implement positive change in the world of fostering.