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The Difference Between Fostering Agencies and Local Authorities

FCA Scotland is an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) and we work very closely with Local Authorities (LA) to find suitable foster carers for children and young people.

Local Authorities are legally responsible for children and young people who are ‘looked after’ within the care system.  Quite often, local authorities need extra support in finding the right home for a child or young person.   This could be because they have a shortage of registered foster carers or because the child has particularly complex needs, which at FCA Scotland, we are specially equipped to deal with.

Although we work alongside the Local Authorities, there are some key differences between fostering with your Local Authority and fostering with Independent Fostering Agencies like FCA Scotland:

  • Team Parenting® is our unique approach to fostering that connects carers and foster children to their own team of social workers, therapists, education officers and young people support workers.
  • We give support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • We offer carers a competitive financial support package and other benefits.
  • Our carers get 14 days of paid respite a year – depending on the type of placement.
  • Free membership to FosterTalk gives our carers discounts on big brands, days out, holidays and restaurants, plus free financial and legal advice.
  • We provide regular training and the opportunity to study for formal qualifications including SVQ 3 Social Services (Children & Young People) SCQF Level 7.
  • A packed calendar gives all foster families lots of fun local and national events to attend.

FCA Scotland became operational 15 years ago in 2002, with a vision to make a positive and lasting difference to children, families and communities.

If you would like more information about the difference between Local Authority and Independent Fostering Agencies or you would like to discuss fostering with us, please call 0141 646 4805. One of our dedicated fostering advisors will be happy to help.

Alternatively, you can complete our short enquiry form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


How can we help?

If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.

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Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.

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