Following the initial visit and the decision to move forward with your application to foster, you would be invited to attend our three Skills to Foster training days here at the agency.
After being approved as a foster carer at panel you would then be expected to complete your Training, Support and Development Standards, this needs to be attained within twelve months. You will have the support of a Social Worker as well as an experienced Foster Carer. Fostering is a professional career, so there is an expectation to complete further training each year.
"Foster Carers receive good peer support and mentoring to complete their training, support and developemnt standards training"
We want to be able to help our foster carers do the job to the best of their abilities. Your supervising social worker will create an individual training profile for you which should Improve your knowledge, develops and refine skills.
The training program we have is in response to what you need as a carer, it is a flexible and dynamic approach designed to equip you with the skills you need to offer high level of care to the children in your home. As you progress, so does your personal training profile, with opportunities to gain qualifications, transferrable beyond fostering.
" I am now more able and encouraged to thnk about the training I need, rather than just being put on courses"
We want our carers to feel supported. This is not something you do alone, as a foster carer you create a whole new network of people who want the same as you, to help children and young people at a time of need. We want to be part of that journey with you.
The generous financial reward you receive is only one aspect of the support you get. Whenever you call the office here in Maidstone it is answered by a voice you recognise, and that isn't just 9-5 Monday to Friday.
And that is part of what makes us different. At a time that lots of independent agencies are a part of big companies, we have for the past 23 years retained our independence, our integrity and our commitment to you and your family.
Our team includes two members of staff that grew up as part of a fostering family, as well as social workers with experience in lots of different settings. So when you have a problem or a question, we really do know how it feels, and we can offer lots of different advice.
The support we offer is something we are proud of. This is because we understand what it feels to look after someone. We are always available for support and advice. We want the experience of that young person in your care be a positive one and watch them flourish in your care. We can only achieve this by equipping you with the skills to become an outstanding foster carer.
“If there was ever a problem or a query, you only have to pick up the phone and somebody was always quick to answer."
In addition to this, you will receive a generous allowance in recognition of your high level of commitment to the children in your care, as well as an extensive financial support package and rewards including paid respite, additional monies at Christmas, birthdays and in the summer holidays.