Evolve Therapeutic Fostering is a family owned fostering agency that has a therapeutic model and is recruiting and supporting foster carers locally in Sutton. We have a family ethos at the heart of our approach and engagement with foster carers and children and young persons. After being approved and joining a fostering agency, the agency being local to you as foster carers is really important for several reasons that are covered below.
Please do either Request a Call back from a member of our fostering team or download a Guide to Fostering.
Visits from your Evolve Therapeutic Fostering social worker
It is important that your social worker is there for you and can visit often 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 Sutton to support your fostering needs and to be there for you.
Training that is nearby to travel to and local
When training is held in person together, it is practical and helpful that this is near to your home, and there is not time consuming travel time for you from your home in Sutton. Training can be delivered through online or virtual forms also but being together is helpful for selected courses where the topic is easier to discuss together.
Referrals and securing the right local placement
Your fostering agency will receive referrals from the local authorities that they work jointly with. It is a key point that your fostering agency has a good connection and relationship with Sutton because this is your home local authority for fostering. Sutton local authority will aim to place children and young persons nearby to their school or college (if this is in their best interests) and usually aim for within 20 miles of their birth home. This helps with continuity for the young person with their education and can provide contact with their birth parents. These are all important areas at the matching stage and we have a dedicated social worker focused on receiving referrals and discussing these with foster carers directly.
Evolve Therapeutic Fostering works closely with Sutton Local Authority and we receive a positive 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 model and focus helps enhance the support for foster carers and potential matches.
Local events, activities and support groups
The agency looks to organise events and activities that are local to our foster carers including covering the Sutton area. The agency location is relevant for travel time and for attending easily. 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 Sutton, that will be beneficial. We have foster carers locally and are currently recruiting other families.
Your fostering application to become a foster carer
When you apply to be a foster carer, our local team in Sutton will visit you and again you would prefer an agency that is nearby. 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 about your fostering application process, please ask us!
The assessment process also includes “Skills to Foster” training for all foster carers that are applying to become foster carers. This course covers all the key areas for new carers.
Taking a break from fostering (respite)
When you would like a short break or holiday from the challenge and hard work of fostering, it is important and helpful if you have local foster carers nearby to you in Sutton. 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 Sutton area.
Please do contact us! We can help you start your fostering journey!