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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

I have worked within the fostering sector for over 31 years in the UK as well as internationally in America and Canada since qualifying as a social worker in 1994. I’m passionate about fostering and building brighter futures for vulnerable children.

As the Area Director 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.

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 enjoy leisure activities, travelling and spending time with my family.

Marta Salavera

Marta Salavera

Operational Manager

I graduated from Zaragoza University in 1992 and went on to work with Domestic Abuse and Children in Need until 2000, when I moved to the UK.  While working as a volunteer with Plymouth Probation service, I worked shifts in a young people’s care home.  The main tasks were supporting their housing and employment needs, as well as supporting them emotionally.  

Between 2006 to 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 4 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, until I happily moved to join FosterCareUK’s big family in November 2018.

Hannah McIntosh

Hannah McIntosh

Fostering Recruitment Advisor

I have worked for FosterCare UK for over 6 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!

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.

Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor

Senior Practitioner

I am a Senior Practitioner here at FosterCare UK. I completed her MA of Social Work in 2015 and took up a fostering role in Ireland with the LA before moving to London in October 2016.

I initially worked in Adults Services but quickly realised my passion was within Children Services and made the decision to return to fostering. I joined FosterCare UK in September 2017 as an SSW for the London team. I was part of the team for 18 months before making the decision to move to Wandsworth LA  to further my experience of working within an LA setting. During my time there, I worked with the Fostering team with a particular focus on Kinship and special Guardianship assessments and support.

I then returned to FosterCare UK in January 2020 taking up the role of Senior Practitioner.

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.

Matthew Clayton

Matthew Clayton

MATS Coordinator

I have extensive experience with looked after children having worked for one of the countries largest children’s charities specialising in therapeutic residential care and education. 

As MATS coordinator I am responsible for joining up the process between the referrals and clinical teams and monitors all MATS placements closely to ensure the agency is providing the correct support for the children and carers within the agency.

I am also responsible for the development and promotion of MATS across the South East and facilitates all face to face training provided to our carers throughout their fostering careers, including Pre-Approval training, Fostering Changes, and the nationally accredited de-escalation training (MAPA).

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Our team of friendly fostering advisors are on hand to answer any questions you may have. We can offer you honest and practical advice that can help you decide if becoming a foster carer is right for you.

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You can contact us by phone and speak to our fostering advisors who are available to talk to you about becoming a foster carer.

0844 800 1941

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