Have you considered joining Kent’s Foster Care Community?

KCC is supporting Foster Care Fortnight (9 – 22 May) and celebrating Kent Fostering’s outstanding foster care community.

The Local Authority is hoping to recruit 120 new households this year to join the existing community of Foster Carers already helping to improve the futures of Kent’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Foster carer Jen Tobin

Foster Carer Jen Tobin

Jen Tobin and her husband Matt have been fostering with Kent Fostering for just over a year:

“I decided to become a foster carer after long conversations with Matt and thinking about what a difference we could make in our community.

“We currently care for two sisters who are with us for permanency.

“The most rewarding part of becoming a foster carer is just seeing the progress the children make emotionally, academically, developing their self-esteem and building friendships. Yes, it can be challenging but it’s just so rewarding to see their little faces light up when you can see they’ve had a really good day.

“The support that I get from KCC is second to none. My fostering social worker is amazing. If I have a problem or concern, I know I can just pick up the phone or email and she will get back to me that day.

“The training on offer, which is all free, is also outstanding so I would encourage anyone who is interested in fostering to go to a recruitment event or an information evening and hear experiences from existing foster carers.”

Jen and Matt talk about their fostering experience here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRQXFgyAlUg&t=113s

Kent Fostering currently looks after 1,765 children and young people in the county placed with 610 foster families.

But more foster carers are needed in Kent particularly for disabled children and siblings.

Andy and Evelyn Powell

Foster Carers Andy and Evelyn Powell

Evelyn and Andrew have been fostering for eight years, specialising in caring for children with profound disabilities in the Children’s Disabilities team.

“We both love children, and we enjoy watching them thrive. There are so many happy moments; the sense of humour among some of the children is immensely wonderful to see.

“Some of them are traumatised when they come into care. It’s about gaining their trust and they become a different child, a happy one.

“I’ve learnt that I have more patience than I thought I had, because with children with autism, every day is different.

“We have had so many incredible experiences and life changing moments for the children when they have achieved what they wanted to achieve and met their developmental milestones.”

Evelyn and Andrew’s story is available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w3PvSL9bi4&t=202s

Sue Chandler, Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services said: “Every child and young person in Kent deserves a safe and loving home and I would like to encourage anyone who has considered becoming a foster carer to speak to our fostering team about they how might be able to improve a child’s life by joining our wonderful fostering community.

“I would like to thank all of our fostering community for their outstanding care and the fantastic job they do in providing a better future for Kent’s children and young people most in need.”

To foster with KCC you need to:

  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
  • To be able to give the time to care for a child or young person, often on a full-time basis

In return you will receive an excellent reward package including financial benefits, local training, career progression, holiday entitlement and 24-hour support.

If you are interested in finding out more about Kent Fostering or attending one of our information events visit kentfostering.co.uk or call us on 03000 42 00 02 to find out more.

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Have you considered joining Kent’s Foster Care Community? was last modified: May 10th, 2022 by Justine Wingate