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 will be speaking at the event and sharing her experience of fostering for the past six years. Tina cares for three boys aged 16,14 and 13.
Tina said: “Our 16 year old has been with us since we started fostering and the two eldest have permanency now which means they know they can stay here until they are at least 18. It gives them the security they need.
“The boys are like brothers and do have their moments like brothers too.
“It is the most rewarding job I’ve ever done. It is the best feeling ever when they suddenly get it, something you have tried and tried to help them understand suddenly sinks in.
“Quite often the children have very low self-esteem, it’s all they have ever known. You can help them learn to feel differently about themselves which is a great feeling.”
Fostering is a paid role and age and experience is not a barrier. Foster carers are fully trained and supported throughout their time fostering with Kent County Council.
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 children and do not need to own their own home.
Peter Oakford, Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services at Kent County Council said: “We are particularly short of foster carers in the West Kent area and also need more families for children with disabilities and learning difficulties, some of whom have complex needs, to give them the chance of a better future.
“To be able to look back and say you helped a child lead a different life is incredible. Fostering children is one of the most rewarding jobs anyone can have, we need more amazing people to look after the most vulnerable children in our society.”
To find out more about becoming a foster carer and hear first-hand from foster carers, visit Kent County Council’s next fostering event on Thursday 17 March in Broadmead Church, Broadmead, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5RF, the presentation will start at 7pm.
For those who are unable to attend the event, or to find out more about fostering, visit www.kentfostering.co.uk or speak with one of our Initial Enquiries Advisors on 03000 420 002.
You’re also welcome to attend one of the following information events to find out more:
- Wednesday 20 April, 7pm, Herne Bay Junior School, Kings Road, Herne Bay, CT6 5DA
- Saturday 21 May, 10am, Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way, Lenham ME17 2QT