About Foster Care Matters (FCM)

If you want news, discussion, and everyday fostering ‘know-how’, together with factual information about foster care, make yourself at home here.

We’re confident you won’t be disappointed.

“We believe that to improve outcomes for children in foster care we need to empower more foster carers. We’re obsessively passionate about it, and our mission is to make it happen by sharing fostering resources.”

Who Foster Care Matters Is For

Foster Care Matters is a resource hub for foster carers, aspiring carers … and you, if you’re interested in foster care. In a nutshell: it’s a site packed with news, insights, and helpful fostering resources.

If you are a foster carer, you play a crucial role in your foster child’s care. You provide them with a safe, nurturing environment, where they feel valued and cared for. We can all agree that what you do is awe-inspiring. But there will be times when it’s hard, and you want to complement the support you get from your fostering agency. That’s where Foster Care Matters comes in.

If you are an aspiring foster carer, there’s plenty here for you too. Whether you want general information about foster care or help to prepare for fostering a child. The good news is: whatever point you are at, there’s a fostering community here ready to share advice about fostering children.

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Our vision is: to create the UK Resource Hub for Foster Carers.

Who's Behind Foster Care Matters

Andrew Loverock
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Hi, I’m Andy Loverock, the founder of Foster Care Matters. As you’re here (and I know you are) here’s a bit about the team and me.
I’m lucky to have enjoyed a happy childhood. My only regret is that I grew up without knowing my dad. Thankfully, I’ve got a fantastic mum who gave me the secure base we all need during childhood and beyond.

My work background is in healthcare, having worked as a Registered Mental Nurse for twenty-three years. Since 2011 (along with my partner Aileen) I’ve successfully fostered 13 children.

Fostering children inspired me to create Foster Care Matters – FCM. And it’s where my small team and I talk with straightforward honesty about what works in foster care (and what doesn’t). But that’s just part of the story.
Our mission is: to empower more people to promote positive outcomes for foster children.

How Foster Care Matters Can Help You

Here’s the thing: FCM is NOT a fostering agency or a charity. We’re NOT in competition with any of them either. In fact, we want to support the valuable work that they all do.
You have probably noticed that a lot of the information you find about foster care just skims the surface. You’ve seen it: the kind that’s either too vague or hard to figure out. Our fostering blog is updated every week with content that’s relevant to fostering and easy to digest.
CAREHUB is the home of our fostering community. It brings learning, interaction, and insights to your online space. As a free member, you get access to our growing content library full with background information about foster care; along with exclusive training, and networking resources.
Visit our FAQ to get your questions about foster care answered. The good news is: if you can’t find the answer to your question, just ask us, and we’ll happily answer it.
Government statistics show that outcomes for looked after children are often worse than we would all like them to be. You can think of Foster Care Matters as a central hub where you can connect with your peers and find the resources you need so that together we can help to improve outcomes for children and young people in foster care.
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Meet Our Advisory Board

The Advisory Board Members have been carefully selected. As a team, we’ve got decades of combined specialist knowledge in the areas of mental health, teaching, nursing, and working with ‘looked after’ children. We want to improve outcomes for more foster children by sharing some of the lessons we’ve learnt along the way.

Our main values are: Motivation – Transparency – Optimism – Empathy – Respect – Warmth – Support.

Partner with Us

We’re happy to work with individuals, companies or agencies. We’re also keen to support good causes and charities that work with children. Just tell us how we can work with you – or your organisation.

Maybe you want to share your experience or expertise by writing for us. We’re always on the lookout for original articles about foster care and related topics. Or maybe you’ve got a product or service that can help foster carers.

If you want to discuss working with us, use this form. We’ll respond quickly to try and ‘make things happen’.

Thank You for Visiting

We all know there’s a lot of information available these days. The internet has transformed the way we find it. But it’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for, is it?
Have a look round the site. You’ll find all the main sections on this sitemap. You could also check out our Facebook Page where we share information about fostering that is published by other trusted sources across the web.
Once you’ve had time to look around, let us know what we’re doing right (or wrong). We’ll be delighted to hear from you because your feedback helps us improve the site.
If you are unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us.