Our Fostering Services

Kasper Fostering is a not for profit independent foster care organisation. We provide safe and stable family homes for children and young people who are unable to live with their own birth parents or relatives.

As a preferred provider for Local Authorities across London and the South East, we receive referrals for young people who, due to their complex needs and behaviours, are often the hardest to place.

Building brighter futures

Referrals are managed by our dedicated placements officer, who carefully matches children’s needs to appropriate foster families. The Agency provides full and extensive support for carers, including an annual training programme, regular and structured supervision, an out of hours service and monthly fostering support groups.

The Agency has a strong commitment to evidence-based and partnership working. We work closely with Local Authorities and multiple agencies to deliver a wraparound approach that supports foster carers both strategically and practically.

We use the Secure Base model to inform and develop our practice. This gives us a framework to adhere to, exploring sensitive caregiving that develops attachment and resilience right from the first interaction with a child.

Types of foster placements

Every child and young person will have completely different and unique needs. Some may need a fostering placement for a few nights while others will need a more permanent family environment.

We have provided a brief guide below to different types of foster care placements. To talk these through, find out more or ask us any questions, please get in touch with our friendly team on 01227 275985.

Permanent (long term)

A permanent placement is when children need to live with a family on a long term basis. Typically, children may live with you until they leave care at 16 or 18 (or older, in specific circumstances).

Short term

Short term placements provide a temporary home for a child or young person lasting anything from a few weeks to a few years. This could be until they return to their birth family, move on to a permanent fostering placement or adoption, or leave care to live independently. 

Assessment (parent & child)

Foster carers undergo specialist training to help young parents develop vital parenting skills and strong bonds with their child. They work closely with social care professionals to carry out parenting assessments and provide the holistic support these young parents need to thrive.

Respite

Respite is a fostering placement for a limited time only, looking after a child for a week or two at a time - for example during school holidays, or at weekends - to give their permanent carers a break. This is often the case for carers of disabled children or those with challenging behaviour.

Respite foster care is a fostering placement for a limited time only. A respite foster carer cares for a child for a week or two at a time, for example during school holidays, or at weekends- this is often the same child at regular intervals. Foster carers who offer respite fostering generally look after children who are already cared for on a full time basis by other foster carers or sometimes their birth parents. - See more at: http://www.ukfostering.org.uk/fostering-information/respite-fostering/#sthash.fR837oRR.dpuf
Respite foster care is a fostering placement for a limited time only. A respite foster carer cares for a child for a week or two at a time, for example during school holidays, or at weekends- this is often the same child at regular intervals. Foster carers who offer respite fostering generally look after children who are already cared for on a full time basis by other foster carers or sometimes their birth parents. - See more at: http://www.ukfostering.org.uk/fostering-information/respite-fostering/#sthash.fR837oRR.dpuf

Emergency

When a child or young person needs somewhere to stay at a moment’s notice, this can be for a number of reasons and may only last for a few nights.