Evolve Therapeutic Fostering is a family owned and therapeutic agency that is recruiting and supporting foster carers locally in West Sussex. We have a family ethos and love supporting our fosters. When you are approved and join a fostering agency, the agency being local to you as foster carers is really helpful for several reasons that are summarised below. Please do Request a Call Back or Download a Guide to Fostering to find out more and any other thoughts you may have on your fostering journey.
Social worker visits
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 West Sussex to support your fostering needs.
Local training that is nearby to travel to
When training is held in person together, it is practical and helpful that this is near to you, and there is not too much travel time for you from your home in West Sussex. 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.
Matching referrals and securing the right placements
Your fostering agency will receive referrals from the local authorities that they work in partnership with. It is important that your fostering agency has good links and partnership working with West Sussex because this is your home local authority for fostering. The local authority, West Sussex, will aim to place children and young persons close to their education base (school or college) (if this is in their best interests) and usually aim for within 20 miles of their birth home. This allows for continuity for the young person with their education and can provide contact with their birth parents. These are all important considerations 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 West Sussex 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, having fun and support groups
We look to hold events and activities that are local to our foster carers including covering West Sussex area. The agency location is again 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 West Sussex, that will be beneficial. We have foster carers in West Sussex and are currently recruiting other families.
Your fostering career and application to become a foster carer
When you apply to be a foster carer, our local team in West Sussex 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 thinking about anything your fostering application process, please ask us!
The assessment process also includes “Skills to Foster” training for all foster carers under assessment. This course covers all the relevant areas for new carers.
Taking respite or a break from fostering
When you would like a break from the hard work and efforts of fostering, it is important and helpful if you have local foster carers nearby to you in West Sussex. This can help a respite placement be organised for your current child or young person with you. This is with practical planning on travel and attending school or college for the young person in West Sussex area.
Please do Request a Call Back from a member of Evolve Therapeutic Fostering’s team!