Kent foster carer awarded MBE

A Kent foster carer who has been named in the Queen’s birthday honours list has described the nomination as a “complete surprise.” Teresa Carpenter, who has been fostering for 19 years with her husband Peter, received a letter after being nominated by one of her foster children. She commented: “I opened the letter a few…

Open your heart to fostering in Herne Bay

A fostering information event is being held in Herne Bay on 7 February to help boost recruitment in this vital sector. More carers are needed across the county to help provide stable, permanent homes for vulnerable young individuals, which can make a crucial difference to their future. Prospective foster carers can hear presentations from people…

Kent foster carers thanked by Council Leader

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has personally congratulated a Kent couple who’ve been awarded MBE’s for their services to children in the county. Ron and Rinie Upton have fostered a total of 151 children and were invited to County Hall to discuss their career as foster carers that spans an astonishing 32…

Recruitment crisis in foster care

Kent County Council needs 200 new foster homes as the demand for carers is reaching crisis point. Without more carers, it is difficult to provide the stable, permanent homes which can make a crucial difference to the future of a vulnerable young person. The issue is a national one with more than 9000 more foster…

Could you offer a loving foster home to children in Kent

Kent County Council needs more people to become foster carers after facing huge numbers of children needing loving homes in the past year.   This Foster Care Fortnight (16-29 May), KCC is calling for anyone who could offer a stable and loving home to children including those with a disability, sibling groups to keep brothers…

Foster carers needed in West Kent

More foster carers are needed in West Kent so Kent County Council is calling on anyone interested in helping to change a child’s life to come along to the next fostering information evening on Thursday 17 March in Broadmead Church, Broadmead, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5RF, the presentation will start at 7pm. Tina Harwood from Crowborough…

Foster carers needed in Deal

Due to a need for more foster carers in the Deal area an additional fostering information event is being held on Thursday 3 March at 7pm until 8pm at The Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal CT14 6BB. Parking is available after 5pm free of charge in the Union Road public car park which is…

Ashford needs foster carers

As the New Year kicks off those people thinking about a new career might want to consider becoming a foster carer. Foster carers need a spare room in their home and the determination and understanding to make life better for vulnerable children in Kent.  They can be single, in a long-term relationship, with or without…

Foster carers needed in Canterbury

More foster carers are needed in the Canterbury district so anyone interested in fostering should come along to the next fostering information event on Tuesday 1 December at the Thannington Resource Centre in Canterbury, the presentation will start at 7pm. Wendy Atkins, a foster carer from Deal will be at the event and sharing her…

Call for foster carers in Tonbridge

Find out more about fostering by coming along to the next fostering information event on Thursday 12 November at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge at 7pm. Anyone interested in making a difference to a child’s life should come along. Nicki Bailey from Maidstone knows only too well how this is possible after almost ten years…