Are you interested in fostering? Join KCC’s online chat to ask any questions you may have.
Foster carers provide a lifeline for vulnerable children and young people when their own homes break down and can make a real change to a child’s future.
Kent needs foster carers for teenagers, and disabled children, some of whom have complex needs. Carers are also required for young people who are 16+ to help older teenagers make the transition to adulthood.
Kent County Council also works hard to keep brothers and sisters who come into care together, so they keep the bond with their siblings.
More families are needed who have the space to look after more than one child.
Peter Oakford, KCC Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services, said: “My wife and I have fostered children and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you have made a real difference to a child at a crucial time in their lives.
“The work our foster carers do is wonderful but we need more people to provide the love and stability these young people need when their own homes have broken down.
“This online chat is a great opportunity for anyone who thinks fostering could be for them to get their questions answered and hopefully take the first step to a rewarding new vocation.”
The best foster carers act as advocates for the child, setting boundaries and championing their rights to make sure they have the best possible chances to succeed.
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 and there are plenty of opportunities to meet with other foster carers.
Foster carers can be single, in a long-term relationship, with or without children and do not need to own their own home.
You need a spare room and the determination and understanding to make life better for vulnerable children in Kent.
The online chat will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, 25 March at www.kentfostering.co.uk where you can register now for a reminder.