Welcome to our website. Becoming a foster carer will make a difference to a local child that will last a lifetime.

Brighter Futures for Children IFA is a not-for-profit independent fostering agency (IFA) rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. We are the only not-for-profit IFA in the Reading area. Our parent company, Brighter Futures for Children, runs children’s services in Reading and we work closely with its children’s social care teams. We are all independent of, but wholly owned by, Reading Borough Council.

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Every child deserves a decent start in life and to have the guidance, confidence and love they need to fulfil their potential. Far too many don’t have that opportunity but you can help to change that. And lives.

What is fostering?

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Why should I foster?

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Who can foster?

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How do I apply?

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Could you become a foster carer?

Answer a few questions and find out whether you’re ready to make a lasting difference to a child in Reading.

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Our Children in Care Council film

The Children in Care Council (CiCC) is a group run for our children who are in care. They meet regularly to have fun and talk about their experiences. They made this film in 2019 to help support other children coming into care and also to thank their carers for everything they do for them.

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Enquire about fostering

Thank you for your interest in fostering with Brighter Futures for Children’s IFA!

You can foster if:
  • You have a spare room
  • You are over 21
  • You live within 20 miles of Reading

When you have completed the form, we will be in touch with you via phone and email to discuss your enquiry. There is no obligation or pressure to commit by completing this form, we are here to help you decide if fostering is right for you.

Data protection

Brighter Futures for Children's IFA will keep your information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. You can read about how we use your data in our privacy policy.

  • As well as contacting you about your enquiry, we would also like to send you email information about fostering. Please tick if you would like to receive this information by email. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time through the link provided in the email or by contacting us foster@brighterfuturesforchildren.org.

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