The Fostering Information Exchange (FIE)

If you have an interest in foster care then why not sign up to the Fostering Information Exchange (FIE)? This online group has been developed by the Department for Education, with help from the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, the Fostering Network, the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers and The Who Cares? Trust.

It’s free to join and is aimed at anyone who is involved or interested in foster care. It allows users to share ideas, discuss issues surrounding fostering and access resources. The government-backed website is particularly interested in hearing from foster carers, social workers, fostering service providers, researchers, training and development staff and policy makers.

The site provides a range of handy resources for anyone involved in the fostering process and there are discussion forums covering:

  • • Assessment and approval
  • • Delegated authority
  • • Recruitment
  • • Retention
  • • Return home from care
  • • Training and support

Visitors to the site will also find a hub of reading materials on subjects like the Department of Health’s latest consultation on changes to the fostering regulations, the latest speech from Minister Edward Timpson and other useful resources.

There’s also a range of blog posts relating to fostering, as well as a diary of forthcoming events. Members can also make connections with other users and send them instant or direct messages.

Find out more, including how to join, by downloading this leaflet.

The Department of Education also has a fostering poster designed for anyone who runs training sessions for foster carers.

Have you joined the Fostering Information Exchange?
Or have you signed up to any other useful websites? Leave a comment and let us know.