Could you provide a home for Reading children and young people who cannot live with their birth families?

Every child deserves a decent start in life and to have the guidance, confidence and love they need to fulfil their potential.

Both fostering and adoption are needed when a child cannot stay with their birth family. Fostering is usually a temporary arrangement, whereas adoption means a child will become a permanent member of the adoptive family.

Brighter Futures for Children set up its not-for-profit fostering agency in March 2019. The IFA has now been rated by Ofsted as ‘Good’ (March 2022).

You can find out more about what we do on our dedicated fostering website

Adopt Thames Valley is a regional adoption agency (RAA) working together across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Swindon area, to recruit and support a range of adopters, and find forever families for children. You can find out more at


Foster in Reading

Fostering offers children and young people a safe and caring home when they are unable to live with their birth family. This can often be a child’s first positive experience of family life. By becoming a foster carer, you can help to make a significant difference to a child’s life.

You can contact our friendly fostering team on 0118 469 3020 or email


Adopt Thames Valley

Adoption is a lifetime commitment to raise a child who, for whatever reason, can no longer be brought up by their birth parents or within the birth family. It’s a rewarding and a life changing experience for families who adopt and for the children and young people who join their families.

If you wish to find out more about adoption in the Reading area, contact ATV on 0800 731 0171 or click the button above to go the Adopt Thames Valley website.

You can also read our Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose here.

Tell us about a private fostering arrangement

If you’re looking after a child under 16 (under 18 with disabilities) who is not a close relative, then you must let us know.

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What is family and friends foster care?

When a child cannot be cared for by their parent/s or another person with parental responsibility and is in the care of the local authority (in Reading, that means us), we have a duty to explore whether the child can be cared for by an immediate or wider family member.

This may include grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles or a family friend. If a potential carer is identified, they can be assessed and approved as Family and Friends Foster Carer/s before the child is placed with them.
In exceptional circumstances, Brighter Futures for Children can temporarily approve a family member or friend as a foster carer for a time limited period, while the child is placed with them and the fostering assessment is completed. For this to happen, a viability assessment will be undertaken to determine whether the proposed placement is the most appropriate for the child.