The Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP) was formed in 2008 by a group of fostering providers who had worked together in the West Midlands for a number of years. The group comprised of independent and voluntary fostering providers and charities, including large national organisations, medium sized providers and small local agencies.
It was agreed that a trade association would be able to represent the group more effectively, as it could act as the voice of the group and have weight as representing the sector. It was also acknowledged that this body would allow for experience and knowledge to be shared within the sector, and for formal representation of the sector in national forums and developments.
NAFP is a not-for-profit organisation and a company limited by guarantee.
Grace Wyatt, Director of Nexus Fostering, was appointed as Chair of NAFP in October 2012.
Membership of NAFP is based on placement numbers organised in tiers and the Executive consists of the following representatives:
Tier 1: David Johnson, Fostering Solutions
Tier 1: David Oldham, Foster Care Associates
Tier 3: Brenda Farrell, Barnardo's (Vice-Chair)
Tier 3: Brian Morgan, SWIIS Foster Care
Tier 4: Jane Butler, Action for Children
Tier 4: Laurie Gregory, Foster Care Co-Operative
Tier 4: Bill Walker, Compass Children’s Services
Tier 4: Jayne Westcott, Integrated Support Program (ISP)
Tier 4: Grace Wyatt, Nexus Fostering (Chair)
Tier 5: Felicity Lacey, Excel Fostering
Tier 5: Anna Sharkey, Father Hudson's
Co-opted: Martin Gilboy, Fostering Outcomes