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Foster Care Partnership Award 2017 - Congratulations Jo Carpenter!

Posted on by Judy Molyneux

The Foster Care Partnership award goes to a member of staff from VSK, who has provided extensive support to the Fostering Service and our children and young people over the last year and we are delighted that Jo Carpenter has been recognised for her hard work and contribution supporting children in care.

Jo Carpenter

The award was presented by Caroline Smith, Head of Fostering who said:

This has involved arranging participation events, supporting our young apprentices and supporting the VSK awards. For this member of staff, nothing is too much trouble, everything is done with such warmth and enthusiasm. Often working additional hours and over weekends, totally focused on ensuring children and young people have a voice and participate in events across the county. Jo was such a support to myself as the Head of Fostering during the Ofsted inspection, arranging for groups of children and young people to speak with the inspectors and guiding them through the process. It is a privilege to work with her and be able to showcase her commitment to the children in our care.

The awards were presented during a ceremony held at The Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on 4th October where a number of qualities were recognised including outstanding outcomes for children, the care of disabled children and the contribution towards recruiting new foster carers.

Caroline also urged more people to open up their homes to a child in need.

We really need more families in Kent to consider fostering; to consider it as a career. It will be the most satisfying and rewarding job that you can do, to change a child’s life.

KCC is recruiting 200 new foster carers and urgently needs to fill the remaining 120 vacancies. We particularly need homes for older children, brothers and sisters who need to stay together and disabled children. To find out more about fostering call 03000 420 002 or visit