How we support our foster carers

Becoming a good foster carer does not happen overnight. We appreciate that it takes, time, dedication and commitment. That’s why we are always by your side to provide emotional and practical support so that you can become a great foster carer. If you need guidance we are available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week meaning you are never on your own.

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The best way to learn and understand about the support we offer at Heath Farm is to hear about it from someone who has already gone through the process. Watch the video below to understand the carer support Heath Farm provide, from a real-life carer.

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Office Support

Support over the phone is great but nothing is more valuable than face-to-face care. Heath Farm’s office in Whitstable, Kent provides a convenient location for you to find the help and support you need from our expert team.


Supervising Social Workers

It helps to have someone by your side to help with any issue you have. Our Supervising Social Workers do just that, providing you with careful support wherever and whenever you need them. They will help with your application, finding your first placement and everything in between.


Buddy Support

It is important to get help and support from as wide a range of people as possible. Our Buddy Support can do just that. On top of the full-time support offered by our expert team, we will place you with a Buddy who can talk you through the process. Buddies are experienced foster carers themselves and can often form close relationships that will help you throughout your time as a foster carer.



Sometimes you need a little extra support to feel confident in the care you are providing. We can offer one to one counselling support with a therapist who can provide you with the emotional and practical skills you need to be successful.


Birth Children Support Groups

It is important to remember the needs of your birth child when bringing a foster child into your home. Sometimes it can be difficult to adapt to the changes which is why we provide support groups for children to share their feelings and learn from the experiences of other children their age.


Foster Carer Support Groups

Learning from those who have already been through the fostering process can enable you to become a better carer. That’s why we feel it is important to set up communities for different foster carers to share stories and experience so that you may feel better prepared to deal with any of the challenges you may face. These communities are informal group sessions and can form an important part of your support network.

Want to know more?


Inside your Fostering Guide...

  • Applying to be a foster carer
  • The different kinds of foster care
  • Support for our foster carers
  • Our training and development programmes
  • How fostering affects your finances

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