Fostering in Kent
Rainbow Fostering are one of the leading independent foster care agencies in the country. We work closely with local authorities around the UK to offer the very best services enabling people interested in fostering children to become foster carers. There are many things to take into account before deciding to foster. Perhaps the most important thing of all is to really want to make a positive difference to the life chances of a child. At Rainbow we have encouraged many people to open their hearts and open their homes to welcome children who have not had the best start in life. Our approach from the first enquiry is to make the process of becoming an approved carer simple, always provide dedicated support and then ensure the experience is a rewarding one.
The children and young people we find families for come from widely varying backgrounds. This is a sign of the times we live in and the nature of our multi-cultural society. We now urgently need carers from different ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions to come forward to foster. Problems and strife around the world mean we have an increasing number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children needing homes.
Unless there are special circumstances, children going into foster care are not generally moved from their local area. The reason is to cause as little disruption as possible to their lives. Keeping in contact with family and school friends is an important way of maintaining stability. Caring for a foster child means making a commitment to supporting them through their education. We make paid allowances available for visits to and Kent has a wealth of places to take children and young people to that will inspire and stimulate. At Rainbow Fostering we run competitions inviting children to send project work or write and let us know all about a particular trip they been on. We recognise that making a success of a child’s life means working in partnership with our carers and this is one of the many ways we strive to do just that. Here are just a few suggestions for great ‘family days out’ we have made for our carers to consider.
Howlers Wild Animal Park, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, The White Cliffs of Dover, Dickens World, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Leeds Castle, Lullingstone Roman Villa, East Kent Railway, Delta Force Westerham, Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum and the Shell Grotto…there are many more – email us to let us know how your trip went!
Age, experience and sexual orientation are not a barrier to becoming a foster carer. You might be single, married or in a long-term relationship or perhaps have children of your own. You may own your own home or live in rented accommodation – but it is necessary to have a spare room for a child. This should be well heated and have storage space.
In Kent we are especially keen to talk to approved carers who might be considering transferring to another agency.
Families we are aiming to recruit:
- Those with a wide range approval e.g 5-18 years or 0-18 years
- Able to foster 1 or more children
- Able to accommodate a parent and child together
- Able to accommodate a sibling group
- Interested in fostering unaccompanied asylum seekers
If you are seriously considering fostering a child or young person in Kent, we are happy to answer any questions you have. Call or email right now and we will send you an application pack: completing this gives us information about your circumstances we need. Once you return this, we shall arrange to visit you at home at your earliest convenience. There is no commitment if you simply wish to call and have a chat about fostering and if it might be for you.
Do remember fostering a child is one of the most rewarding jobs anyone can do. If you can say that you personally helped change a child’s life for the better, there are few things more satisfying.
Call or email: we are a friendly team so if you are interested in becoming a foster carer, or are already fostering and considering transferring, we’d love to hear from you.