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.
October 18 2021
Respite Carers Urgently Needed for Children with Disabilities
We’re appealing for people in Kent, South London and surrounding areas to come forward and provide vital respite care to children with disabilities.
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.
February 18 2022
“ISP has been so supportive through everything"
Newly approved foster parents, Mike and Kelly, share their fostering journey over the past year.
February 16 2022
“The first time they tell you they love you is an incredible feeling"
Young foster parents, Natalie and Aaron Harvie share their fostering journey over the past two years.
February 16 2022
“It’s a great experience for the whole family"
Four years into their fostering journey with many happy memories, Sam and Matt discuss their experience of fostering children with disabilities so far.
December 16 2021
“Our experience with ISP has been excellent"
26 years into her fostering journey with no sign of stopping soon, Jenny talks about her experiences from the last two and a half decades.
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.
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.