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Fostering in Kent

FosterCare UK have been making a difference to the lives of children and young people by supporting foster carers for over 10 years.

Fostering with FosterCare UK

FosterCare UK is an independent fostering agency, with an office based in Ashford. This means that we work with local authorities across the South East of England to provide high-quality fostering services in Kent when the authorities own supply of foster carers isn’t large enough to meet demand.

With over 10,000 children in care across the South East and London, we work in partnership with local authorities, from Medway Council and Kent County Council to Brighton & Hove Council and Surrey Council, to place children with our foster carers and their families to provide a secure and stable home.

At FosterCare UK we have 50 carers and working with our expert staff, we have recently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. This is a great achievement and a testament to way in which we work togethrer to make a difference to children and youg people's lives.

As part of the FosterCare UK family, you are supported with expert guidance and advice, as well as training and support, 24/7 365 days a year.

As a foster carer, you and your family have access to support groups which provides you with the opportunity to get to know other foster carer in our family and we also have time for fun! Whether it’s meeting in the local park, visiting a zoo or spending the day at the theme park - be assured we always make time to spend with our family.

Learn more about becoming a foster carer and contact us today.

Ofsted Report:

Good!

“Foster carers access support from each other as well as the agency. A ‘buddy system’ offers peer-to-peer support and provides a range of helpful tips and insight into placement difficulties.”

Read the full report here >

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Meet the team

Steve Blackwood

Steve Blackwood

Area Director - South

It is now over 34 years that I have worked within the childcare sector both with the local authority and the independent sector and especially in the fostering arena.  I have been fortunate to work across the UK in Scotland(where I lived for nearly two years), Wales and Southern Ireland as well as working and living  in America and Canada which were great experiences and allowed me to share some of the work and initiatives in the UK within these start up operations. It seems a very long time ago since I qualified as a social worker in 1994. I have always had a passion to enable young people to achieve their potential whatever that maybe and this is still something I feel very strongly about after all these years.

I have now worked for Capstone for over 4 years having started as the Regional Director for the South East in 2018 and two years ago becoming the Area Director for the South Hub which includes Capstone South West, Capstone South East and FosterCare UK. I am extremely proud to have a fantastic group of foster carers and staff that work tirelessly to ensure that the children and young people placed with us have a positive experience and are able to live fulfilling lives, while ensuring we have fun along the way. I have never failed to be amazed by the fantastic work that our foster carers do across the whole company.

Our aim is to provide a high level, quality service and our teams work in partnership with all those involved in the lives of the children to enable the best possible outcome for them.

Outside of work, I am a volunteer for a charitable organisation that also helps children and young people aspire to achieve,  I enjoy leisure activities when I get chance, travelling and spending time with my family.

Marta Salavera

Marta Salavera

Registered Manager

I graduated from Zaragoza University in 1992 and went to work in Domestic Abuse and Children in Need until 2000, when I moved to the UK.  

Between 2006 and 2010, I was employed by Single Homeless Project in London.  There, I created a programme for people returning to employment after a long period of time in prison or when they were involved in drug abuse for many years.  After four years I moved to work for Kent County Council as a Senior Social Worker in the Children in Need team and the Fostering Service.  In my last year working for the Local Authority, I was a LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) until I happily moved to join FosterCare UK’s big family in November 2018.

Hannah McIntosh

Hannah McIntosh

Fostering Recruitment Advisor

I have worked for FosterCare UK for over 7 years now. With no previous fostering experience I was hired as admin help for the social workers, then as my knowledge and passion for fostering grew I progressed in the business. I now work as the Fostering Recruitment Adviser which I absolutely love. I get to spend my days building relationships with some amazing families and helping them achieve their goal to become foster carers!

Katie Hawkins

Katie Hawkins

Senior MATS Referrals Co-Ordinator

I began working for Foster Care UK in 2015 and over my time with the company I have held various roles and, by doing so, have developed a thorough understanding of the various elements that contribute toward the fostering sector.  Currently, I work within our Placements team, coordinating and matching the referrals received for young people in care to those that foster with us.  I am responsible for the matching of each placement within our Agency and ensuring the best suited package for both the young person and the Carer is agreed upon, and in place, for when a placement were to commence.  I work closely alongside our Therapeutic Service team, identifying the needs of the young people being referred to our agency and developing our service, to ensure that we, at Foster Care UK can offer stable, therapeutic and bespoke placements for the Local Authorities, the young people and those who foster with us.

Libby Chapman

Libby Chapman

Senior Practitioner

I am a senior practitioner at Fostercare UK and have been with the company since February 2018.

Before working as a supervising social worker I spent two years at a local children’s centre in the Post Abuse and Trauma Service working with parents, carers and children who had witnessed domestic abuse, this was either one to one sessions or within a group setting. I have also taught a baby massage class for mothers struggling with postnatal depression.

Since joining Fostercare UK I have enjoyed delivering training to carers and developing the foster carers annual training programme.

Amy Keir

Amy Keir

Supervising Social Worker

I started my social worker career working for a local authority in child protection teams and then began my career in fostering at Fostercare UK in 2016.

I am passionate about improving the lives of looked after children and my interests lie primarily in improving the quality of Parent and Child placements.

Andy Davis

Andy Davis

MATS Clinical Lead

In 2002, I moved from the role of acting Deputy Manager of a team  in a Therapeutic Community to a therapist’s role in locality CAMHS. I completed the  Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training at the Tavistock Centre in 2009. 

A full time post in CAMHS until 2018 followed, including roles as acting Team Lead, member of the Local Leadership Team  and as a placement supervisor for the Tavistock Centre training. I also worked and continue to work independently with adolescents, and consult to staff, management and directors in the residential care sector. 

I was part of the clinical group which developed the MATS team, and was invited to take on the MATS Clinical Lead role for the South East and have been in post since 2018.

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