AFA Fostering

Fostering in Derby and Derbyshire

Fostering in Derby

There are more than 1000 children in care across Derby and Derbyshire, and there is a major shortage of foster carers able to provide a stable and secure family environment for these children.

Children in need of fostering are of different ages and backgrounds, but many have had difficult life experiences and need a stable home environment in which they can flourish.


Children in care in Derby and Derbyshire need to be able to stay close to their families and friends and to attend local schools, so it is vital that we increase the number of local foster carers.

AFA are actively seeking new and experienced foster carers to provide a home for children living in Derby, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Ripley, Belper and other towns in the area.

Become a Foster Carer

Who makes a good foster carer?


Foster carers come to AFA from all walks of life. Your age, marital status, sexuality, job and background aren’t important – what matters is that you possess the strengths and qualities to make a real difference to a child’s life.

AFA is looking for new and experienced foster carers who:

  • Have a genuine interest in helping children to change their lives for the better
  • Can provide a warm, supportive and caring home for a child
  • Have the time, energy, flexibility and commitment to look after a child
  • Have a spare room

For more information please visit our I Want To Foster page to find out more.

AFA fully subscribes to the Fostering Network’s transfer protocol, making it easy for experienced foster carers to transfer to us.

Why foster with AFA Midlands?


AFA is a highly regarded and experienced independent fostering agency, with a dedicated Midlands office covering the Derbyshire area.

Our Directors have more than 70 years’ experience in social work between them and are passionate about ensuring that the children in foster placements with AFA receive the highest standards of care

Foster carers who foster with AFA receive the very highest levels of support and supervision. AFA staff are always available for advice or just a listening ear, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Through AFA’s training and support we will make sure that you develop the skills and confidence to provide children with a stable and consistent environment, and to maintain the highest standards of care.

At AFA we build strong and trusting relationships with our foster carers, and by carefully matching children with the right foster carer, we are proud of the strong and supportive relationships that children develop with their foster families.

Children in AFA foster placements achieve outstanding outcomes as recognised by Ofsted in AFA’s most recent inspection report.

What support and training do AFA Fostering provide?


AFA foster carers receive all the training and support they need to meet the individual needs of each child in their care. Our foster carers in Derby and Derbyshire receive the same comprehensive support that has made AFA’s reputation unrivalled in East Anglia. This includes:

How can I find out more?


The AFA Midlands office is conveniently situated close to East Midlands airport, between Derby and Nottingham and is staffed by experienced social workers.

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering with AFA Fostering, please call us on 01332 813866 or send us your details via our enquiry form. Find us at:

AFA Midlands
The Millhouse Business Centre
Station Road
Caste Donington
DE74 2NJ