Evolve Therapeutic Fostering is a leading and family led agency that is based locally in Kent. When you are approved and join a fostering agency, the agency being local to you as foster carers is important for many reasons that are summarised below.
When training is held face to face, it is important that this is local to you, and there is not too much travel time for you from your home in Kent. Training can be delivered online and virtually also but being together is beneficial for key courses.
Social worker support
It is important that your social worker is there for you and can visit regularly and when needed in an emergency or when you just need to see that person to talk things through. We have local social workers in Kent to support your fostering needs.
Placements and referrals
Your fostering agency will receive referrals from key local authorities that they work with. It is important your foster care agency has good links and partnership working with Kent because this is your home local authority for fostering. The local authority, Kent, look to place children and young persons close to their school or college (if this is in their best interests) and usually aim for with 20 miles of their birth home. This allows for continuity for the young person with their education and can allow contact with their birth parents. These are all important considerations at the matching stage and we have a dedicated team focused on receiving referrals and discussing these with foster carers.
Evolve Therapeutic Fostering works closely with Kent and we receive a good level of referrals to match these for you following your approval as foster carers. We also receive referrals from local authorities across the South East and London. Our therapeutic support helps enhance the support for foster carers and potential matches.
Events and activities
We look to hold events and activities that are local to our foster carers including in the Kent area. The agency location is again relevant for travel time and practical considerations. It is helpful to spend time with other foster carers to share experiences on fostering and supporting children and young persons. If your agency has other carers local to you in Kent, that will be beneficial. We have foster carers in Kent and are currently recruiting our families.
Your assessment and panel process
When you apply to be a foster carer, our local team in Kent will visit you and again you want an agency that is local to you. We have dedicated social workers focused on your assessment process where you will have several visits to talk through your fostering application, family experiences, preferences and cover everything involved in fostering. When your assessment is completed, you will attend panel for your approval.
If you are worried about anything to do with your fostering application process, please ask us!
The assessment process also includes “Skills to Foster” training held locally in Kent for foster carers.
When you would like a break, it is important and helpful if you have local foster carers nearby to you in Kent. This can help a respite placement be organised for your current child or young person with you. This is with practical considerations on travel and attending school or college for the young person in Kent area.