The national minimum standards, together with regulations on the placement of children in foster care, such as the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 for the conduct of fostering services.
Take a look at our stories and find out more about what fostering means for children near you.
If you'd like the opportunity to chat with someone about fostering there are information events across the region. To find one near you take a look at our events page.
There are many different types of fostering, there may even one that appeals to you, find out more.