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 independent fostering agency (IFA) 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

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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.

We are on a mission to connect with everyone in Reading to help us find more foster carers, so we can keep our local children and young people rooted in Reading and give them a brighter future.

We are looking for people from all walks of life and experiences who have a spare room and live within 20 miles of Reading.

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

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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.

Adoption is an extraordinarily rewarding and life changing experience for families who adopt, as well as for the children and young people who join their families.

People choose to adopt for a variety of reasons. Some because they are unable to have a child biologically, and others who feel they wish to share their family life with a child who may need them.

Adopters become the legal parents of children. When an Adoption Order is granted, adopters assume the right to make decisions about the child and their upbringing. Once adopted, a child no longer has any legal connection to their birth family. The child assumes the surname of the new parents and receives an adoption certificate to replace their birth certificate. They become a permanent and full member of the new family. The Adoption Order cannot be reversed except in extremely rare circumstances, if the legal process has not been properly followed.

If you wish to find out more about adoption in the Reading area or if this is the time for you to begin your adoption journey, please contact ATV on 0800 731 0171 or visit the Adopt Thames Valley website.

You can 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.

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