Fostering in Thames Valley

When you join Foster Care Associates Thames Valley you will be joining an experienced, diverse and knowledgeable fostering provider who has been Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’.

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Welcome to Foster Care Associates Thames Valley

FCA Thames Valley region was established in 1998. As a region, we are caring, supportive and inclusive. Our registered office is situated in Milton Keynes.

We provide care for children and young people from 21 Local Authorities. What makes FCA unique is that we have a fantastic team of staff who are dedicated to providing support to our foster parents in order to ensure they are fully equipped to understand and support our children.

By Phone

One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.

01296 628300

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Foster Care Associates, Wavendon Tower, Wavendon Business Park, Ortensia Drive, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LX

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Welcome from Kate Knight, Registered Manager

Welcome to FCA Thames Valley!

We are a caring, supportive and inclusive region and we all work hard to ensure this ethos is at the heart of everything we do for our foster parents, children and young people. We actively work in partnership with local authorities to support matching fostering households to the needs of children and young people.

As a region we really do like for everyone to get involved and be part of the FCA family from Monthly Foster Parent Support groups to Wacky Wednesdays, Theme Park days and trips to the Beach, taking part in the Annual Big Sing Off and Carer Appreciation Day there really is something for everyone!

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Having fun with FCA Thames Valley

We are renowned for our family activities and fostering families are offered a range of activities and events to attend. There is always something exciting to look forward to, we regularly organise events and support groups for our foster parents their families and children and the children they look after.

During school holidays, fostering families are invited to attend local activities so all family members are able to engage in a fun activity and meet existing fostering families and young people.

Together with local events, we also hold regional events such as day trips to London, theme park days and annual events such as Christmas parties.

As well as dedicated activities for our children and young people we also hold regular competitions and there is a monthly children’s newsletter. We also have a range of tools to ensure young people are achieving and working towards adulthood such as our annual Achievement Awards and independence booklet.

We place our children at the centre of what we do and they are actively involved in shaping the services we offer with opportunities to give feedback.

How do Foster Care Associates offer support in the Thames Valley?

It’s the can-do attitude that makes fostering with Foster Care Associates Thames Valley such a rewarding experience. Our experienced team of fostering professionals will provide you with the highest levels of local training and support. From monthly foster carer support groups to a diverse range of activities and events you’ll be instantly welcomed into the fostering family and well looked after too. We make sure you never feel alone throughout your fostering journey and our team is always on hand to answer any questions you have.

In order to support our foster parents and children in the best possible way we have a group of highly skilled team who are brimming with experience and knowledge. Our staff are committed to supporting, developing and working together with our foster parents to make a real and positive difference to children and young people’s lives in their transition to a bright and fulfilling future.

  • Guidance and support to access training and continuous professional development through classroom-based training and via e-learning.
  • Provide therapeutic reflect groups and access to a therapist ‘drop-in’ clinic.
  • Buddy system to connect foster parents with other foster parents who have experience in a particular area.
  • Online support: Access to a portal to read about everything that is happening at Foster Care Associates, plus access to discounts to a range of sites.
  • Social Worker and regional team: 100 %of foster parents feel they can always contact their Social Worker or regional team
  • 24/7 local support: Including monthly support groups local support groups, and therapeutic groups in Thames Valley.
  • Training and Development: Including independent advice with FREE membership to FosterTalk.
  • Team Parenting: A regional and national network of childcare experts who may work with each child or young person to look after every single area of their well-being.
  • Local and national events: A comprehensive events and activities calendar, such as the Big Sing Off and fun days.

About us

Set up by a former foster parent and former social worker in 1994, Foster Care Associates (FCA) is an established fostering agency which forms part of the Polaris Community - one of the UK’s largest leading communities of children’s service providers.

We cover the home counties, stretching from:

Bedford to Reading

Hertfordshire to Milton Keynes

Incorporating North and West London

If you are already fostering and considering transferring to us, we would love to hear from you.

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Foster Care Associates, Wavendon Tower, Wavendon Business Park, Ortensia Drive, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LX

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