This report from Family for Every Child begins to fill the gap in understanding on how to deliver effective, safe foster care programmes through an exploration of the literature and interviews with experts. The report aims to assist those designing and delivering foster care programmes by providing examples from around the world. It accompanies a further report on foster care aimed at policymakers.
The evidence presented in this report suggests that there is no one blueprint of universal elements for successful foster care programmes. Those developing and delivering foster care programmes must carefully examine their specific local context and adapt programmes accordingly. However, there are some core components that all foster care programmes must have to ensure that they are safe and effective in meeting children’s needs, which this report enumerates.