Local authorities are the local public authorities for each area. Each Local Authority usually has their own fostering service.
In addition, there are independent fostering providers, like us, Little Acorns. We provide foster placements for local authorities/Health Trusts, where they are unable to find a placement in their own service,
Children come into the care of the local authority where they live. That local authority will then place the child in the most appropriate placement (foster care, residential care or other arrangement).
When seeking the most appropriate placement, the local authority will look for available placements within their own fostering service and with independent fostering providers.
You may choose to foster with either.