Since it was founded in 1981 IFCO has been an international membership-driven organisation, with an emphasis on supporting those across the globe who are directly involved in foster and kinship care for children. IFCO also connects people with care-experience from around the world. Our members are united in the vision that, if they so wish, all children in alternative care across the world should live in family-based care because this form of care offers children the best opportunity to grow and prosper.

Membership Benefits

Members become part of IFCO’s network of foster carers, kinship carers, foster families, young people, care sector professionals, researchers and experts. As a member you will be:

  • Invited to attend and vote at IFCO’s AGM
  • Entitled to nominate for election as an IFCO Board Member
  • Added to our mailing list to receive regular e-newsletters sharing the latest IFCO news and events as well as updates on the foster care sector
  • Eligible for discounted registration at IFCO conferences. These are respected international and regional events that bring together those involved in foster care from all over the world
  • Offered free access to publications and research resources compiled by IFCO
  • Granted access to the members’ area on IFCO’s website
  • Eligible for discounted tickets to IFCO’s live in person seminars, live online webinars and recorded webinars.


Membership Categories

IFCO members are divided into three categories: 

  • Individual
  • Youth 
  • Organisational Members

Members aged between 14 and 29 years qualify as a youth member. All others are classified as individual members. 

Membership fees for individuals and youths are reduced if you live in a developing country with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $13,000 USD. If you’re unsure about your country details see the World Bank Data here

Organisations may also join IFCO. Membership fees are pro-rata based on the income of your organisation. IFCO’s constitution grants organisations three votes at IFCO AGMs. 

IFCO charges a small one off joining fee at the time that you take out your first membership (as per the details in the chart below). IFCO membership is valid for 12 months from the time you join. You will automatically receive an email renewal reminder before your membership expires. 
When you use IFCO’s membership application form you will be prompted to pay your membership fees online by using your PayPal account or by using your credit/debit bank card on the Paypal site.

It doesn’t matter what currency your payment card uses, your membership payment will always reach IFCO in GBP (British Pounds).

To check the cost of IFCO membership in your own currency you can check a currency converter such as XE. If you have questions about membership fee payments please email the secretariat at using ‘membership payment query’ in the subject heading.

Membership application/renewal payment details

Individual40 GBP30 GBP
Youth15 GBP15 GBP
Individual15 GBP13 GBP
Youth7 GBP7 GBP
ORGANISATIONS (full membership, based on annual income)REGISTRATIONRENEWAL
< £100,00050 GBP40 GBP
£100,000 – £249,999125 GBP100 GBP
£250,000 – £499,999250 GBP200 GBP
£500,000 – £999,999300 GBP250 GBP
over £1,000,000500 GBP420 GBP

You can join IFCO by clicking on the Sign Up button below. All applications will be approved by IFCO’s Board and confirmed by email.