What's involved

Fostering means caring for a child in your own home when they are unable to live with their birth family. As a foster carer you will be changing that child's future for the better.

There are different types of fostering, ranging from short to long term, from full time to a few days at a time. Many children return home to their birth families, but others may need long term support.

Fostering a child involves you working with a team of social services, education and health care professionals. You will have contact with the parents and families of your foster child, with a view to helping that child return to their own home wherever possible.

Expectations

Children need foster care for many different reasons and every child is unique. No two fostering experiences will be the same. Fostering a child can be hugely rewarding, but it can also be a difficult time, for a child and for a foster carer.

We will help you to understand the experiences these children have been through and prepare you for the challenges ahead.

It is common for children who have been rejected or hurt by their parents to feel angry or anxious and they may be withdrawn, insecure or distressed when they arrive at your home. Children who have been abused can display disturbed behaviour and this can be daunting if you are thinking of fostering. It is important to remember that these are ordinary children who have suffered extraordinary circumstances and they need the things that all children need - a safe place where they can be cared for and nurtured.

Find out more about what happens after you're approved as a carer.

Support

We are here to support you all the way, from your first enquiry about becoming a foster carer all the way through your career as a carer.

Find out more about the extensive training and support we provide.

Our statement of purpose (PDF, 669.2 KB) explains how we deliver high quality care to children and young people in foster care in Kent.

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