We are a small independent fostering agency offering a high quality, personalised service to local children. The agency is based in Bournemouth and covers Bournemouth and the surrounding areas of Poole, Dorset and some parts of Hampshire.

Our philosophy is based on the principle that big is not always better. We believe by concentrating on one local area, we can develop an expert knowledge of the services in the community to ensure our children genuinely receive the best they deserve.

It also means our foster carers are real people to us and not just names on paper. This helps us all work effectively together and makes certain everyone feels they belong.

Footprints is privately owned and managed by Stephanie and Vanda, both qualified social workers, with over 45 years of experience in the social care industry between them. They are on hand to all our foster carers to offer expert guidance and advice.

If you are looking to join a fostering agency where you will be personally known, valued and recognised as an important part of the team, please contact us by calling 01202 573408.

News & Blog

Footprints Foster Care - Child at a crossroads

Honest is the best policy

Posted 2 August 2022

Politics is important but what if Footprints held a hustings? The Town Hall was already booked, so we thought we’d share a little Q and A session right here, using some of the most popular queries we get.

Statement of Purpose

Our Statement of Purpose has been developed in accordance with appropriate fostering regulations, statutory guidance and National Minimum Standards.

Footprints Foster Care - What is fostering?

What is Fostering?

Fostering is caring for children or young people in your own home while their own parents are unable to look after them. Local authorities have a responsibility to look after children in their area who are in need, and they see foster care as a good way of meeting children’s needs.

Footprints Foster Care - What we offer

What We Offer

We are proud to offer a support service that is personal to you. You will be supported by well qualified, experienced social workers who know you and your family circumstances well. We know fostering can be hard and we feel that it is vital to get the support right.

Footprints Foster Care - Job vacancies

Work for us

We are currently looking for self-employed BAAF Form F Assessors to complete assessments for prospective foster carers based in the Bournemouth and Poole area. If you are a qualified social worker registered with the HCPC and experienced at professional report writing, we would like to hear from you.