1. Talk to us about your enquiry
Request a call back and a friendly member of our team will call you quickly to discuss your interest. Please do not be afraid to enquire or ask any questions. Our team will provide the full information on fostering.
2. Your home visit
After the initial call and questions, we will organise a visit to see you and talk about your interest further. You can get to know more about fostering and your support from Evolve and therapeutic fostering. The visit can be face to face or virtual. There is no commitment afterwards and you may decide to apply later.
3. Your application and next steps
After your initial visit, the next step is to fill an application form and provide relevant information for your checks and references. This includes a DBS check for safeguarding. We will help you complete this and cover any questions.
4. Your assessment process
Your skilled and experienced assessor will visit you to complete a fostering assessment (referred to as a Form F), explore your experiences, skills, preferences and to discuss everything. This stage is two way and also to ensure fostering is for you. All applicants will be involved.
5. Skills to Foster Training
This is targeted and specialist training for you to be ready to foster. You will be invited to attend relevant training dates whilst your assessment is ongoing..
6. Attending panel
When your assessment and checks are complete, you will be ready to attend panel. This is stage where you discuss your application with experienced fostering professionals that will review your application. On recommendation from panel and final decision, you will be approved to foster!
7. Approval and first placement
After your approval, you will receive a full induction and receive a visit from your allocated social worker. You will then be ready for your first placement and to change a child or young person’s life!
Let’s start at the beginning: why did you want to foster?
I initially wanted to foster as I always saw myself having a family but was told by doctors that I had a less than
Fostering agencies are subject to regulations, relevant legislation and acts. These aim to ensure that children and young persons are safeguarded and there is a high level of support to achieve positive outcomes. They also cover practice guidance, key reporting requirements and other key compliance areas. Please see a summary below of the key and…
Each foster carer has their dedicated and allocated social worker. Your social worker will have relevant experience and be social work qualified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fostering in Kent
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How to switch to us
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Becoming a foster parent
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