Fostering in Kent
Could you change the lives of children and young people in your local area and start fostering in Kent? If the answer is yes then our foster care recruitment team would love to hear from you!
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 when the authorities own supply of foster carers isn’t large enough to meet demand.
We work with local councils across Kent and, sadly, there still are not enough foster parents to provide caring homes for the ever-growing number of children and young people in need of care after having to leave their birth families. This is why we need your help. Together we can help make a real difference to the lives of young people across Kent.
If you’re reading this, then chances are you already have one of the things that the best foster parents have – a loving and caring personality and a desire to help children in need. Before you can take on your first foster placement, however, you need to make sure you have a couple of things. First, you need to make sure you’re in good health and are over the age of 21 – this is just so we know that you’re physically able to care for a foster placement. There’s no upper age limit for becoming a foster carer as long as you are still capable of providing care. Nor does your gender, sexuality, race, religion or nationality prevent you from applying to be a foster carer.
As well as the above, you also need to have a spare room in your house that is suitable for use as a bedroom and can accommodate all essential bedroom furniture. A safe and private space to call their own is an important part of the development process for any child, but having a secure space to relax in is even more important to foster children and is a vital part of a successful foster placement.
Once you apply, your assigned supervising social worker will visit you in your home for a brief chat to learn more about you, your experience and to start off the fostering assessment process. This process will last between four and six-months and culminates in a meeting with an independent fostering panel who will make the final recommendation as to whether you’d make a good foster carer – though the final decision remains with us. During this period, you’ll be invited to attend a foster parent skills training and support course. This will provide you with all the skills you need to provide a high-quality fostering service to the placements in your care. Your social worker will remain on hand throughout the assessment process to offer advice and answer any questions you might have.
Being a foster parent is like working full time, so it’s important to be sure that your new career can support you and your new family members financially. Once you become a fully registered carer you’ll receive a weekly fostering allowance. The amount you’ll receive will vary on the area you’re fostering in and the type of care you’re providing. For example, caring for a sibling group will result in a larger allowance than more straightforward placements. This money is provided both to help cover the costs of caring for a child or young person as well as to act as a reward for your hard work and dedication to the needs of those placed in your care.
If you’re interested in starting your foster care journey or just want more information, then please get in touch with FosterCare UK today. You can reach us by phone on 0844 800 1941 or you can send us an e-mail using our online contact form. We hope to hear from you soon.