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.
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.
August 19 2020
Christmas Celebrations for Whitstable
Our Whitstable foster parents and staff celebrated their achievements with a special Christmas Lunch at the Chilston Park Hotel in the North Downs of Kent.
August 18 2020
ISP Donates Over 600 Items to Food Banks This Christmas
Our staff and foster parents, who provide suitable families for looked after children, filled boxes with tins and packets to give to various food banks across the country, collecting more than 600 items for The Trussell Trust.
August 14 2020
Team MK Take On 12-Hour Cyclathon for Children In Need
Our Milton Keynes team took on the impressive challenge of a 12-hour cyclathon on Friday 15th November, raising over £560 for Children in Need.
August 14 2020
Macmillan Coffee Morning at Whitstable
We decided to get involved and hosted our very own Macmillan coffee morning here at the Whitstable Centre.
May 28 2020
"It's not just about having a spare room and feeding them"
A Jamaican born foster parent explains how her childhood was one of the reasons why she chose to foster and help children who needed a loving and caring environment.
April 8 2020
“We’ve giving children something to look forward to”
Foster parents Abi and her husband Adrian share how they’ve been able to give children a reason to step away from their phones and gaming stations, by setting up a unique sports club.
November 19 2019
“It’s not a piece of cake, but each step forward is rewarding”
Lucia and Chris started fostering in 2016 when their daughter handed them a leaflet about foster care. They joined ISP in 2018 and say it’s the best decision they've ever made.
October 29 2019
Kent Couple Fostered 50+ Children Over 20 Years
Having fostered 50+ children over the last 20 years, there isn’t much that Wendy & Lawrence don’t know about fostering.
October 8 2019
“I don’t think of it as a job"
Chris and Debbie have been fostering for over 13 years and have fostered around 10 children, with most of these being long term/permanent placements.
March 19 2019
“We’re still learning new things everyday”
Sixteen years ago, Daniel and Susan began their fostering journey. Today, they share their advice to care for a foster child.
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.