Foster carers open their homes and hearts to children and young people who need care. Taking on the full-time care of someone else’s child can be daunting. The care of any child brings with it a wonderful sense of satisfaction, but of course there may also be challenges to face. That is the reality of foster care, it gives enormous joy, but it is also a most challenging commitment. There are many things to consider as one embarks on the path into fostering and in this section, we try to help you understand foster and kinship care and other related issues.

IFCO’s vision is that children in alternative care across the world would have the choice to live in family based care. We believe this form of care offers children the best opportunity to grow and prosper.