Support a family to stay together

What is Parent and Child Fostering?

Parent and Child fostering is a specialist area of foster care. Sometimes a parent, usually a mother, need extra help and support – so the parent and child come and stay with you. Your specialist training will help the parent provide basic care, safety and guidance for their child. 

Provide a safe and secure

Provide a safe environment for a parent and child

We'll give you regular specialist training to provide the best level of support

Access to all our in-house services

Constant assistance from your social worker and access to our multi-disciplined therapy team as standard

Help a young family thrive

You'll be directly involved in helping a young family live independently

Generous pay & benefits

You'll receive a means tested generous allowance for the parent and child in your care


Fostering Financials & Requirements Guide​

See the salaries, requirements and process so you can stop feeling apprehensive and instead focus on preparing for your new career in fostering.

An independent agency with mighty support

Every one of our foster carers gets personal handheld guidance and support from an experienced team of Social Workers and therapists as well as access to our in-house school and educational support.

Independent Fostering Agency in Dover, Kent

Fostering can be one of the most rewarding careers but working with children who experienced trauma at an early age also comes with its challenges.


Here at Channels & Choices, we are an independent fostering agency in Kent, providing a therapeutic approach to fostering to ensure that we achieve long-lasting placements by delivering the highest level of support for our children and foster carers.

Fostering frequently asked questions

On average it can take four to six months from your initial enquiry to being approved as a foster parent – change parent to carer

There is no upper age limit for fostering, but you need to be fit enough to care for the children. There is not a defined age at which you can begin fostering but it is important that you have the life experience and maturity to cope with the responsibility.

A criminal conviction doesn’t automatically rule you out of fostering, but you must declare all the details to us from the outset of your application. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out on you and anyone else in the household aged 17 or over. There are certain serious offences and offences against children which would prevent you from fostering.

No, qualifications are not required, we will provide training and support during your application and throughout your fostering journey. However it would be useful if you have experience in looking after or working with children

Our requirement at Channels & Choices is that at least one foster carer in the household should be at home on a full time basis. This is to ensure that a child or young person in your care is looked after in the best way possible. If there are any periods whereby you do not have a child in placement we are able to offer work within our therapeutic residential houses which is a great way to build the skills and knowledge for working with children

Most families at Channels & Choices are approved to care for 1 or 2 children although we do have some families approved for 3. Your approval would depend on the space in your home as each child would require their own bedroom

Yes you can foster a child if you are not in a relationship. If you’ve only been in a relationship for a short time and are considering fostering as a couple, we’d suggest that you are in a stable situation for at least 12-18 months before you start the fostering process

Yes. Sexual orientation and/or gender is not a deciding factor on whether you can foster a child. You need to be able to meet our fostering requirements and provide a safe and loving home to a child

We do accept foster parents that smoke. However, at Channels & Choices we would not approve for you to foster any children under the age of 5 if you or your partner are smokers. The health of the children in your care will always be our priority and if you do smoke it will be a requirement that you do not smoke in your home or in your car.

No, you can foster if you own or rent a house. Each child will need their own room and a place to play and study.

Yes you can. As a parent it is important to consider the impact of fostering a child as a part of your family. This would be explored further with you

If you didn’t find your answer here, please call on 01304 361 888, or send us a message.

Become a foster carer in 16 weeks so you can live a fulfilling life