Fostering and adoption blogs
Stories and advice from our foster carers, adopters and Action for Children staff
What to expect from a fostering assessment
Meet Ruth, she's a parent, part-time teacher and a foster carer. Learn about the fostering assessment and how it helped her.
What to expect from adoption support groups: Polyvagal theory
By understanding Polyvagal theory and trauma in children, adopters can adapt their approach. They’ll learn techniques to build trust with their children.
Five ways friends and family are supporting our foster carers right now
Foster carer support network, how friends and family help foster carers succeed
“We’re looking for local people to foster children in the Midlands”
This Foster Carer Fortnight, Action for Children launches an extended fostering outreach to the Midlands.
A day in the life of a foster carer: Colin & Marie's story
Colin and Marie went from supporting a church youth group to full-time fostering two children. For them, a typical day fostering is about being a family.
Fostering and adoption: which one is right for me?
Although the process for fostering and adoption are similar, there's also differences. Learn more about how fostering and adoption works
“We fostered instead of having our own children”: Sophie’s story
Sophie and Tom are among a growing number of young couples who are choosing to foster instead of having their own children
Why should you foster siblings?
For children going into care, staying with their brother or sister can be vital. But finding foster families for them can be a challenge
"When you foster siblings, you're keeping children together": Terry and Gina's story
Terry and Gina tell us about the joys and challenges of fostering siblings, and why keeping children together is important
How you can make a difference by fostering teenagers
Many people want to foster younger children, thinking this is where they can have the most impact. This isn’t always true
How being a manager prepared me to foster teens: Natalie’s story
Natalie and her husband used to run their own business. In 2013, they felt it was time for a change. They now foster teenagers
2020 highlights from our adoptive families
In 2020, many of our adopters have been able to find silver linings in lockdown and connect in new ways with their adopted children
Being a foster family: best moments from 2020
From going back to basics to spending more quality time together, our foster families share their best moments of 2020
"It's all you can do, give them all of your heart": Galina's story
Galina and her husband Vilnis have fostered over ten children with Action for Children. Galina shares why she's loved every minute
Why 'staying put' is best for my foster child: Dionne's story
When her foster child turned 18, Dionne made a tough decision. She quit fostering so her young person could “stay put” – and thrive
"Growing up in a fostering household has given me lifelong skills"
Lauren was four when her parents started fostering. Now in her 20s, she reflects on how much fostering has taught her
"Are they settled in yet?": Zara's adoption story
Moving to a new home can be traumatic for adopted children. And when it comes to settling in, every family is different. This is Zara’s story
"From the beginning, fostering with Action for Children felt like a family"
Annette and Lloyd have been changing the lives of children in care for over 13 years. They tell us what they love about fostering
‘I'm proud of being a male foster carer’: why more men should foster
As a single man over 50, Darren isn't your "typical" foster carer. He tells us why more men should consider fostering