As one of the largest providers of children’s services and the very first provider of independent fostering in the UK, our community of services span the length and breadth of the whole of the UK.

We provide an extensive range of children’s services, which have grown and developed over our 30+ year history to ensure we can support children across a wide range of needs. By combining our community’s wide scale of services, as well as our local links, we’re transforming the future of children and children’s services.

“Our fundamental aim is to give children and young people the stability, nurture and care that they need to grow and develop – so they can achieve the bright future that they deserve. At Polaris, we strive to achieve the very best outcomes; compassionately driven while impact focused. Every day, I witness the dedication of our passionate community and I know we are making a difference to so many lives”.

Jonathan Clark
Chief Financial Officer

Find out more about each of our organisations below:


ISP were the founders of independent fostering in 1987 and have been fostering therapeutically ever since. They work with children and young people with complex needs, surrounding them and their foster parents with professional wrap-around therapeutic services, providing a blanket of care to support their development and progress.

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Our largest fostering agency in the community. With its 25 year experience and national reach, FCA provides support for over 1,900 children and young people. They continuously improve care and outcomes by creating a positive culture where children and young people and their foster parents feel respected, involved and inspired to achieve their very best.

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FCA Scotland

FCA Scotland has been continuously improving care and outcomes since 2002, using the same positive culture established by FCA.  FCA Scotland is regulated by the Scottish Care Inspectorate and operates under Scottish legislation.  FCA Scotland supports fostering families from the highlands to the lowlands and from Argyll to Aberdeenshire.

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Fostering People

Established over 20 years ago, Fostering People offers an innovative fostering approach, to create high quality, local support networks which build the confidence and resilience of foster parents and the children and young people they look after.

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Orange Grove

Orange Grove was established in 1996. A fostering agency founded on nurture, they develop positive relationships with the people they work with; providing the right personal support, at the right time, encouraging foster parents and young people to develop, individually and together.

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ISP School

ISP school is based in Kent and provides specialist education for 7-16 year olds with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH), as well as those with complex communication and interaction, cognition and learning needs.

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As proud champions of diversity for almost 10 years, ACS are a fostering agency committed to inspiring children and young people by helping them understand where they’ve come from, who they are, and what they can become, giving them confidence and a strong sense of their identity and potential.

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Clifford House

A small, family-feel fostering agency with over 25 years’ experience. Clifford House are a resourceful agency that operates as a family, providing the stable foundations that all families need: support, trust, understanding and compassion, plus a commitment to doing whatever it takes to get things done.

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An independent fostering agency established over 20 years ago. Fosterplus prides itself on finding the best possible matches between foster parents and children and young people; increasing their sense of connection and providing a positive and stable environment which helps them develop continuously.

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Adopters for Adoption

As a national adoption agency, Adopters for Adoption focuses on creating a positive experience of adoption for all those involved, because they know exactly what it’s like to go through adoption. They provide the right guidance and support needed to become an adoptive parent, where people are more important than the process.

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North Lakes

North Lakes have been offering attachment and trauma informed care to young people via their therapeutic children's homes for over thirteen years. Their multi-skilled teams support children with many complex needs; nurturing both emotional health and wellbeing as well as social and academic success.

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Dove Adolescent Services

Dove Adolescent Services provide flexible, individual care packages for children and young people. Their network of small multi-occupancy homes and single occupancy Specialist Resource Units offer the flexibility to support vulnerable children of different backgrounds and needs.

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Area Camden

Area Camden provide young people with the facilities to expand their potential and develop their skills whilst living in a safe environment. From tackling self esteem to formulating a suitable care plan, Area Camden work with all their young people closely to help them achieve their goals.

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Headway provides child centered residential care for young people, enabling them to achieve their potential in a safe and stable environment. Based in the South West of England and Wales, we offer professional support to our young people who have often experienced neglect resulting in behavioural and emotional difficulties.

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Bay View Childcare

Our purpose is to provide a therapeutic & nurturing environment that will enable the young people in our care to experience happier times and work towards a brighter more prosperous future. We believe all young people who are deemed to be challenging will be able to work towards achieving better outcomes if they are provided with a comfortable and caring environment.

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Apple Orchard

Apple Orchard specialise in working with adolescent males who have complex needs associated with sexually inappropriate behaviour. We aim to help young people to develop insight into their experiences to help them move on from their often damaged traumatic past. 

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Budwood homes cater for young people ranging in age from 12 – 18 years. They aim to acknowledge and accept the stresses and anxieties many of the young people have, and reflect on them through an engaging, curious, fun and active environment.

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With almost 20 years’ experience, Leaving Care Solutions are a leading provider of semi-independent accommodation and support for young people leaving foster care.

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Children’s Services

Pioneered by a wide team of experts, Children’s Services deliver needs led, innovative services for children and young people, including support in residential step-down, foster care stabilisation, emotional health and wellbeing, disability and education.

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