Set up in 1987 by a small but passionate group of foster parents, we became the UK’s first independent foster care agency. That gives us the benefit of over 30 years' of fostering experience and we’re still going strong!
The founder members recognised that looked after children – especially those who’d had very difficult starts in life – needed specialist support. So right from the beginning they put the child at the centre of their thinking and surrounded them with an integrated range of support services. In fact, that's what ISP means: Integrated Service Programme.
Over time, this circle of support has increased to include a whole range of professionals that children and foster parents can tap into, whenever they need to. This includes social workers, fostering advisors, teachers and therapists, who all work with our foster parents and the children they look after, helping them understand and manage even the most challenging situations. This is what’s known as a ‘therapeutic approach’ to fostering and it’s something that we pioneered.
From our small beginnings, we’re now providing the highest quality foster care and education to children and young people across the country.
Today, we are a strong organisation with a very clear idea of our mission: to enable every young person in our care to get to know who they are and to help them grow and live in harmony with themselves and others. This is supported with a clear set of values which underpins our work.
Providing specialist all-round support and care for harder to place children is what made us different in the beginning, and it’s what makes us different today too. It’s also one of the key reasons why people choose to become foster parents with us.
July 21 2021
Hayley Haughton Joins Our Team
We're thrilled to announce that Hayley Haughton has joined our Bromsgrove team to help deliver our therapeutic services to even more foster families across the Midlands.
March 19 2021
We're Expanding to Bristol and the South West
We're expanding our services to Bristol and the South West to provide therapeutic care for children and young people in foster care.
August 20 2020
Lucy's Showstopping Performance
Lucy gave a show-stopping performance and came in an incredible 4th place during a regional qualifier.
August 20 2020
ISP Enfield & South London is Ofsted ‘Outstanding’
Our Enfield and South London fostering team has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ following an official inspection from Ofsted, the independent watchdog.
August 20 2020
Foster Parent Knits Bobby Buddies for Children Involved in Incidents
One of our foster parents in Milton Keynes has put her creativity to good use by knitting Bobby Buddies to bring comfort to young children facing domestic situations.
August 20 2020
Assistance Dog brings comfort to children and young people in Kent
An 18-month-old assistance dog is proving to be a powerful tool for improving the mental health of vulnerable children and young people in Kent.
July 29 2021
"They are such a huge part of our family"
Foster parents, Cassie and Susy, have been fostering with ISP for 4 years and share their journey caring for two brothers.
June 25 2021
“Every young person who's in care really just wants to be loved"
Single foster parent, Jeremy, decided to embark on a new journey in fostering five years ago. Read his story today.
March 18 2021
“When we think about all the memories we've made, we wouldn’t change it”
Foster parents, Kerri and Dion based in Wisbech, share their fostering journey over the past decade.
January 15 2021
Caroline's Story as a Foster Parent
Caroline started her journey as a foster parent after her three adopted children reached their teens.
September 29 2020
“Managing our own expectations of ourselves was the hardest part”
After 15 years of being a foster parent, Sue reflects on her first experience of fostering.
August 28 2020
"It feels like Jessica was always meant to join our family"
Andy and Ran have welcomed their first foster child into their home after being approved as foster parents and share their journey so far...
August 25 2020
"I couldn’t have imagined a life without my extra siblings"
Olivia Davies is an 18-year-old student, who from the age of three has grown up in a household of fostering. She shares her experience of living with foster children over the last 15 years.
October 4 2016
Fostering: The Birth Child’s Story
When a person makes the decision to become a foster carer, it is the whole family who are involved in the fostering role.
October 11 2019
“Foster Care has Enabled Him to Fulfil his Dream”
Jenni and Chris share the incredible achievements of Callum, who they've cared for since he was just three years old.