Become a foster parent in Nottingham: make a difference with AFA


Looking to foster in Nottingham and change a child’s life for the better? AFA Fostering, a local agency with over 12 years of experience, can support you every step of the way. We’re actively seeking passionate foster parents in Nottingham and surrounding areas like Mansfield, Beeston, Carlton, and more.

I want to foster in Nottinghamshire


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Why Nottingham needs foster parents?

In 2022, over 1,680 children in Nottingham’s care needed loving homes. By fostering in Nottingham, you can directly address this need and provide a stable, nurturing environment for a local child.

AFA Fostering: Your Nottingham Fostering Partner

Our deep understanding of Nottinghamshire and its communities allows us to expertly match children with the perfect foster families. Our dedicated team offers 24/7 support and exceptional training, ensuring you have the resources and confidence to thrive as a foster parent.

Who can foster in Nottingham with AFA?

AFA welcomes individuals and families from all walks of life with a passion for helping children. We don’t discriminate based on marital status, sexual orientation, or homeownership – as long as you’re over 21, have a spare room, and a strong desire to make a difference, we encourage you to apply!

Interested? Dig into our website to find out more and take the first step in making a difference. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Ready to start fostering in Nottingham?

Explore our website to learn more about fostering in Nottingham with AFA. 

Remember, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our experienced team is available 24/7 to provide help, advice, and a listening ear. Through our comprehensive training and ongoing support, we will empower you to make a lasting impact on a child’s life.


Contact us today

 Contact AFA Fostering today to become a foster parent in Nottingham and embark on a rewarding journey.

The AFA fostering team

Meet some of the fostering social workers who support our foster parents

Want to hear from some of our own? Meet Jag and Nikki, two of our fostering social workers, and learn more about what fostering with AFA is like. If you’re looking for an opportunity to give back, grow, and make a lasting impact, consider fostering with AFA in Nottinghamshire. Let’s make a difference together!

AFA fostering social worker Jag based in Derbyshire

“Foster parents do well if they have a fun, open and committed personality, and if they are resilient so they don’t give up on the first hurdle. Fostering is going to be hard; it’s not going to be easy, but the rewards are huge, literally huge!”

Jag, a social worker for 22 years, joined AFA 11 years ago after experiencing understaffing and overworking in a local authority. She currently manages 11 families with 13 children across Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, and Northampton. Now a senior fostering social worker, Jag provides emotional support and reassurance to her foster families, treating them the way she would like to be treated. She encourages her families to contact her whenever they need support to prevent sleepless nights!

Read more from Jag >


Fostering social worker Nikki

“For those children who need it, fostering makes a real difference and has positive outcomes. In my experience, fostering offers a more balanced life.”

Nikki, a social worker since 2012, joined AFA six years ago, attracted by our approach in providing support that best meets the needs of children and foster families. Now an assistant social work manager, Nikki says that good foster parents are approachable, respectful, polite, honest, kind, caring, and strong advocates for children, while a good sense of humour is also a plus! For those considering fostering, Nikki suggests speaking to current foster parents for a better understanding of the role beyond reading and watching adverts.

Read more from Nikki >


Here’s what our foster parents have to say…

We understand that when it comes to fostering, everyone wants to hear directly from the source. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of interviews with our foster families, who are eager to share their personal experiences and insights about fostering.

We think you’ll find these stories inspiring and it’ll give you an opportunity to get to know some amazing AFA foster parents. Enjoy!

AFA foster parents Zadie and Mark

Foster Parents Zadie & Mark

Zadie and Mark are a dynamic duo from Leicestershire. They’ve been making a positive impact in the lives of children for over seven years as foster parents with AFA. Zadie, with her background as a nursery nurse and her lifetime of working with kids, is a perfect fit for fostering. And with a spacious three-bedroom house, she and Mark wanted to fill it with love and the laughter of children.

Learn More About Zadie & Mark >

Foster parent Tanya

Foster Parent Tanya

Say hello to Tanya, a 37-year-old from Norfolk. Tanya has been making a difference in the lives of children for the past two years as a single foster parent with AFA. Tanya’s own experiences as a child, including witnessing domestic violence and substance misuse, led her to pursue fostering. These personal experiences give her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by foster children and make her a compassionate and understanding foster parent.

Learn More About Tanya >

Christine and Andy foster parents with AFA fostering

Foster Parents Christine & Andy

Meet Christine, a 42-year-old from North Norfolk who lives with her husband Andy and their children. For the past six years, she and Andy have been making a difference in the lives of children as foster parents with AFA. During this time, they’ve opened their hearts and home to three foster children.

Learn More About Christine & Andy >

Frequently asked questions about fostering in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Are you already fostering, but looking for a change?

We’re also looking to welcome approved foster parents to our fostering family. So, if you’re already an experienced foster parent and looking for an agency that truly cares, we’d love to hear from you. As a foster parent, you have the freedom to choose which agency you want to foster through. By transferring to AFA, you’ll receive the same high-quality support that all our foster parents receive, so you can continue providing quality care to the children in your care.

Our priority is always the welfare of the children, and that’s why the transfer process is carefully managed to ensure that each child is either unaffected or will benefit even more.

We fully adhere to the Fostering Network Transfer Protocol, which was agreed upon by The Fostering Network, the Joint Forum of Independent Providers, and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. This protocol ensures that transfer of foster parents between agencies is carried out in the best interest of the child. If you’re transferring, any children you’re looking after will also be transferred with you to AFA Fostering.

What support is there for foster families in Nottinghamshire?

We are here to help our foster parents every step of the way. We understand that fostering can be a rewarding but challenging experience, which is why we provide the best support and training available. Our dedicated and experienced team is always available, day or night, to help you feel confident in your role as a foster parent.

You’ll receive regular supervision and consultation, as well as opportunities for training and development. You’ll also have a fostering social worker who will be there to support you throughout your fostering journey. We also offer support groups for your own children, activity days and participation groups for all the children linked to AFA, and a competitive weekly fostering allowance to cover all of your foster child’s expenses.

Our friendly and knowledgeable local staff know who you are and are always ready to help. We believe that every foster parent should be able to provide a loving home for children in their community and we are here to help make that happen. So, if you’re ready to make a positive difference in a child’s life, trust AFA to support you at every turn.

What financial support is there for foster parents at AFA?

A growing number of fostering agencies are owned by private equity companies with the sole aim of making money. This has never been our intention, and never will be.

At AFA Fostering, we appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into being a foster parent. That’s why we offer fostering allowances that are among the most competitive in our sector. However, we believe that being a foster parent is about making a positive impact in a child’s life, not just the financial rewards. As one foster parent said:

“I don’t foster for the money, but I couldn’t do it without the money.”

Our fostering allowances consist of two parts: a reward for taking on this important role and a maintenance portion to cover a child’s everyday needs, such as food, clothing, and pocket money. While we don’t publicly share the specific amount of the allowance, our team is always available to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.

It’s important to note that foster parents are considered self-employed, so you’ll need to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and file an annual self-assessment tax return, and we’ll guide you through this. Also, fostering payments have special tax arrangements, so most foster parents pay very low levels of income tax on their allowances.

How can I find out more about fostering?

If you’re thinking about becoming a foster parent and want to learn more, we’ve put together these helpful links on our website:

Want to make a foster child feel at home? Learn about how to welcome a foster child into your home.

Ever wondered why a spare bedroom is required for fostering? Discover the answer in “Why does fostering require a spare bedroom?

Case records and logs play a big role in the lives of foster children. Find out why case records and logs are so important to young people.

Choosing the right fostering agency can make all the difference. See “Which Fostering Agency Should I Choose?

Ready to start the fostering journey with AFA? Learn “The Steps to Becoming an Approved Foster Parent with AFA“.

Want to hear from someone who has been there? Read these heart-warming words of gratitude from one of our young people as they leave foster care.

Contact us today about fostering in Nottinghamshire!

Get in touch with the AFA team using our contact form here or call us on 01332 813 866. Our Midlands office is based at The Millhouse Business Centre, Station Road, Castle Donington DE74 2NJ.

Foster parent on the phone to AFA fostering in Derbyshire

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