The foster Care Association of the ACT Inc commissioned ICPS to investigate the reasons why ACT foster carers cease foster caring. The Research focuses on former carers reasons for leaving. The design of the study is mixed method. It involves a survey of ACT foster carers, who had ceased fostering from January 2007 until April 2007 and semi structured interviews with twelve former carers which provided a more in-depth understanding of their experience of finishing as foster carers. It also involves interviews with representatives from a range of organisations involved in fostering in ACT to identify their views as to why carers may cease fostering.