Family Fostering

About Family Fostering

Learn about our passion for fostering and our values

Who we are

We are a small dedicated team with extensive experience in fostering. Teresa and Debi have worked together in a private fostering agency since 2002 and Tracy has worked alongside them since 2006. Between us we have expertise in all roles within fostering from the assessment and reviewing of foster carers, delivering training programmes and workshops, providing the day to day support and supervision, managing and developing a fostering service. In addition to this we all have previous experience of setting up and delivering services for young people and their families and Teresa and Debi have experience of being part of a fostering family.

Our shared passion and vision of providing high quality practical, emotional and therapeutic support to foster carers and the children in their care, inspired and motivated us to set up Family Fostering.

Our Values

Recognise worth

At Family Fostering our principles of recognising each individual’s unique worth and enabling them to realise their potential are central to everything we do. This is inclusive to all the children and young people within the service, all our foster carers and staff members.​

Influence well-being

We are acutely aware that the children and young people who are placed with foster carers have experienced trauma, abuse and/or neglect and the huge negative impact this has on their overall development and wellbeing. ​

Provide support

We recognise that caring for these children and young people is complex and demanding requiring foster carers to have key skills, personal qualities, resilience and strong support networks.​

Value fellow professionals

We value foster carers as fellow professionals and work alongside them, supporting them in every aspect of the fostering role. ​​

Raise self-esteem

Our foster carers are skilled to make a life changing difference to young people placed in their care, essentially in the day to day care they provide within their homes where they consistently demonstrate to young person they are valued and provide them with the support they need to work through their difficulties, raise their self-esteem and provide them with the motivation and resources they need to realise their unique potential.

Provide stability

We strongly believe that ideally children and young people within the care system who are unable to return to their birth family should have the stability of long term foster placements as within these they are provided with the best opportunity to begin developing secure attachments vital to their emotional well-being.

Our Mission Statement

To provide our fostering families with a secure base within which they are equipped and enabled to provide safe, nurturing and loving homes to young people unable to live with their birth families. Working holistically with a therapeutic ethos we will ensure that each child/young person is fully supported through their psychological recovery, enabled to build their resilience and realise their unique potential.

Meet the Family Fostering Team

Debi Atkin

REGISTERED MANAGER

A qualified social worker with over 25 years experience working with children and families. Having previously been a foster carer she has valuable insight into the realities of fostering and a heart for supporting foster carers in the complex work they do. Debi has a Diploma in Management.

Teresa Morgan

RESPONSIBLE PERSON

A qualified social worker with over 25 years experience working with children and families. Teresa’s parents were foster carers and she has real insight into the valuable role birth children play and the impact fostering can have on them. She is passionate about ensuring everyone in the fostering family is fully supported.

Tracy Price

SENIOR PRACTITIONER

A dedicated social worker with 16 years ’post qualifying’ experience and extensive knowledge of attachment, trauma and loss. Tracy is committed to ensuring foster carers and the children they care for receive the therapeutic support they need to build resilience and help the children through their psychological recovery.

Chantelle Lacey

SUPERVISING SOCIAL WORKER

Chantelle is a qualified social worker with a BA hons degree in Social Work. Chantelle is committed to ensuring all young people  within the service achieve best possible outcomes. Chantelle is also fully committed to supporting foster carers, their birth children and extended families understanding fostering is a whole family venture.

Krista McAllister

OFFICE MANAGER

Krista is a highly experienced office administrator with a Bachelor or Arts Degree and a 3 year Business Administration/Human Resources Diploma. She is also a qualified teacher of English to speakers of other languages.  Krista is a kind and compassionate individual with a genuine desire to provide help and support to those in need.

Lauren Hollands

ADMINISTRATOR

Lauren has been working at Family Fostering as an Administrative Assistant Apprentice since February 2018, completing a level 3 Business and Administration BTEC alongside. She is highly organised and always prepared to provide help to her colleagues and our foster families where possible.

Careers with Family Fostering

Recruiting quality people as part of our family

As a developing service, we are looking to expand the services we provide. We’re keen to hear from individuals who share our therapeutic ethos, have a firm commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people and have the necessary skills and experience. If this is you and you are interested in joining our team as a foster carer, social worker, sessional worker, panel member or therapist please contact us:

Office
01843 598647

Teresa Morgan
0781 553 2569

Debi Atkin
0790 459 0421

enquiries@
familyfostering.org

Become a fabulous foster carer with Family Fostering

We are looking for people from all walks of life who are kind, caring, compassionate and encouraging. If you live in Kent or South East London and have room in your home and your heart, as well as an abundance of energy and patience to devote to a child, we would love to hear from you.