“When my son arrived, it was wonderful and terrifying at first, but the rewards have been second to none”

All children deserve a loving, permanent home, regardless of their circumstances. That’s why this National Adoption Week (15-21 Oct), Kent County Council (KCC) will be focusing its efforts on encouraging more same-sex couples and single people to adopt. In Kent, we particularly need adopters who can consider single children, boys aged between 2 to 6…

Private Fostering Week – don’t ignore it

The number of people notifying Kent County Council (KCC) about private fostering arrangements has reached a ten-year high. Private foster carers are people who look after a child under 16 (or under 18 with disabilities) full-time for 28 consecutive days or more and are not a parent or close relative. Those planning to care or…

KCC backs Foster Care Fortnight

Kent County Council (KCC) needs more than 150 new households to join its team of foster carers and help change the future of vulnerable children in the county. The Local Authority is backing Foster Care Fortnight 2018, the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign which runs until May 27. Lucy Buck, 48 and from Folkestone,…

Foster carers ‘Do the Right Thing’

For almost 20 years KCC foster carers Mary and Bob Howse have opened their home to disabled children with complex needs. So, when asked to appear on Channel 5’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, they leapt at the chance to raise awareness about the vital lifeline short break fostering placements…

Foster carers ‘eggstatic’ over mum’s generous donation

Kent County Council foster carers have thanked a Boughton Monchelsea mum for donating hundreds of chocolate eggs to children in care. More than 200 were collected by foster carers Emily Lydamore and Michelle Slater for the Easter Scavenger Hunt at Pegwell Bay Country Park, Cliffsend, Ramsgate on Tuesday, April 10. The rest will be distributed…

Make a difference with Shared Lives

Can you open your home and heart to an adult who needs your support? If so, Kent County Council’s Shared Lives service wants to hear from you. Kent Shared Lives is hosting information meetings explaining how to become a host, a paid role supporting people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, autism, sensory impairment or…