We’re committed to providing world-class fostering services – and that’s not limited to our foster carers.
In April 2012, we decided to take the next step on our fostering journey and give something back to the fostering world. That’s when The Rees Centre was born.
What is The Rees Centre?
The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education is a joint collaboration between the Core Assets Group and the University of Oxford Department of Education. It’s the only organisation of its kind.
The Rees Centre aims to discover new ways to make a difference to the lives of looked after children and young people. It conducts research – funded by us and the University of Oxford – that focuses on helping you to become an even better foster carer.
As with everything we do, our carers are at the heart of this research. For instance, we’re currently looking into the experience of foster parents from the moment of first contact right through to their first year anniversary of fostering.
With regular seminar events and online updates, you can stay in touch with our studies and there are always opportunities to get involved.
Origins of The Rees Centre
You might think that The Rees Centre sounds familiar – and you’re right.
It’s named after our co-founder Jan Rees; a former foster carer who has made a tremendous difference to many children and young people’s lives. Her work – both as a carer and with the FCA – has made her the perfect namesake, and has given the Centre a solid foundation to grow and develop.
To find out more about the research carried out by The Rees Centre, visit the website. If you’d like more information on what this means for you as a foster carer or to find out more about fostering with us, give us a call on 0800 434 6000.