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Fostering in Sussex

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 Shoreham-by-Sea . This means that we work with local authorities across the South East of England to provide high-quality fostering services in Sussex 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 Brighton & Hove Council and Surrey Council to London Borough of Southwark Council and Croydon, 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:


“The MATS service is a major strength of the agency. This service offers immediate access to specialist support from psychotherapists, education psychologists and environmental therapists. These interventions offer a unique level of support to carers and the children and young people.”

Read the full report here > 

Find your local office

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!

Katie Hawkins

Katie Hawkins

Senior MATS Referrals Co-Ordinator

I began working for FosterCare UK in 2015 and over my time here I have held various roles and in doing so have developed a thorough understanding of the various elements that contribute toward the fostering sector. I currently work within our placements team as Senior MATS Referrals Co-Ordinator, co-ordinating and matching referrals we receive for young people in care to those that foster with us.  I’m responsible for ensuring that the best suited package for both the young person and carer is agreed and in place for when a placement commences. I work closely alongside our therapeutic service team, identifying the needs of the young people being referred to us and developing our service to ensure we at FosterCare UK can offer stable, therapeutic and bespoke placements for the local authorities, the young people and those who foster with us.

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.

Ways to

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

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