The idea of your first night of fostering can be a daunting thought. But it’s completely normal to be worried and we hope these stories from our foster carers’ first nights give you a little insight into what to expect.

Remember, by the time you get to your first night of fostering, you will have been through our assessment process and you will have been approved by a team of professionals who definitely believe that you are up to the job! You will have had all the training you need to make sure you have the skills you need for looking after a child. You will have been assigned a supervising social worker, who is there to support you, as a foster carer. Plus, we’re on the other end of the phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll have a buddy, another foster carer, who can guide you through and a big, supportive community of foster carers in the Reading Carers’ Link.

If you’re thinking of fostering, we’ve got your back.


Our goal is to find more foster carers for our children and young people in Reading. How can you help? 

  • If you’d like to find out more about fostering and become a foster carer yourself, get in touch with us. Our friendly fostering team are at the other end of the line on 0118 469 3020. You can also enquire and you’ll get a call back.
  • If you’re not able to foster yourself but would like to help, you can help us spread the word.
    • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and share our posts
    • Tell someone if you think they’d be a great foster carer! This can be a family member, friend or colleague.
    • Invite someone to one of our information events.