Author Archives: Steve Turner

C&C Fostering’s 10th Birthday!

Happy 10th Birthday to Channels & Choices Fostering Department! This week, Channels & Choices Fostering Department celebrated its 10th Birthday. In 2013 we expanded our services from residential care homes to include an independent therapeutic fostering agency with the purpose of supporting children from our residential houses to get back to family living as quickly as […]

Forest School Update

At Channels & Choices we run regular fun activities at our Forest School. This is for all the children in the C&C community – fostering, residential and school. The forest school team have been working hard recently adding and updating the facilities…. Here’s what Kayleigh, our Forest School Leader has to say: “At Forest School […]

The Skills to Foster

As part of the fostering assessment process, prospective foster carers are invited to attend our preapproval training course – ‘Skills to Foster.’ Using the course provided by The Fostering Network and incorporating additional information about Channels and Choices therapeutic approach, the course takes place over three days, usually one day a week for three weeks, […]

New Pay Structure for Foster Carers

Channels & Choices launches a brand-new increased pay structure for all foster carers. We can all agree that with the cost of living crisis, the rise in fuel bills, food and basic expenditure, times are a bit tougher than they have been. We regularly assess our benefits packages for foster carers and after sitting down […]

Fostering as a single person

Can you be a foster carer if you’re single? The short answer is “yes of course!” Your relationship status is not a defining factor of whether you can foster or not. As long as you are over 21 years old and have a spare room, these are the only initial requirements prior to an application. […]

Kids Eat Free (or for little as £1) this summer.

KIDS EAT FREE (OR FOR LITTLE AS £1) THIS SUMMER! With the rising cost of living money is tight for lots of us, so, if you haven’t seen it already, we’ve put together a list of all the places around Kent that are offering special deals this summer holiday for children.  ASDAChildren across England and […]

What is “Short Stay” Fostering?

Short Stay Fostering, or “respite fostering” as it is also known, is something we offer to the foster carers in our community. Our carers receive 22 days respite per year, and we have qualified short stay carers on hand to provide stays for the children. Short Stay Carers may also provide help with short notice […]

Coronavirus Resource – Digital Ebooks for Children

Our wonderful therapy team have put together some fantastic resources for children during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The news on the television and online can be incredibly worrying, difficult to understand and can make kids anxious. The books below are free to read online or download, and they present the symptoms, myths and precautions in […]