New North West not-for-profit fostering agency launches

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Foster Care Matters, officially launched Saturday 11 May, just in time for Foster Care Fortnight which runs from Monday 13 May - Sunday 26 May 2024. The national campaign, run by the Fostering Network, aims to raise awareness about the importance of fostering and celebrate the incredible work of foster parents.

Foster Care Matters, who achieved their Ofsted registration this month, will offer stable and loving homes for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years and will be recruiting foster parents across the North West.

As part of a children’s charity with children’s needs at their heart, Foster Care Matters is committed to re-investing back into their services to offer high-quality support and ongoing training to their foster families, enabling them to help children matter.

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The agency, which has offices in Chester, Warrington, Hale and Manchester, offers a therapeutic approach and dedicated support to foster parents including access to their Centre for Fostering and Adoption Support, an established and recognised centre in the North West, offering innovative, bespoke, ongoing support from a multi-disciplinary team including occupational therapists and trained therapeutic social workers.

Foster Care Matters team launch eventFoster Care Matters team launch event
Foster Care Matters team launch event

Karen Palfreyman, Foster Care Matters Registered Manager commented:

“We are delighted to launch our new agency just ahead of Foster Care Fortnight 2024, which is such an important event for raising awareness of the many aspects of fostering. Nearly 70,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families across the UK each day. This is nearly three-quarters of the over 98,000 children in care away from home on any one day in the UK. Every year thousands of new foster families are needed.

In the North West, there is a huge need for foster parents who can care for children of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

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Foster Care Matters therapeutic approach runs through everything we do and we cannot wait to start building our fostering family by recruiting foster parents across the North West”.

Karen Palfreyman, Foster Care Matters Registered ManagerKaren Palfreyman, Foster Care Matters Registered Manager
Karen Palfreyman, Foster Care Matters Registered Manager

Foster Care Matters is part of the Adoption Matters family, a children’s charity and well-established voluntary adoption agency with over 76 years of experience in the children’s sector and the ONLY adoption agency in the North rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted five times in a row.

To find out more and download a fostering information pack, visit: