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We are a close dedicated team lead by three very experienced Fostering Social Workers, Carol Stickland, Joanne Nutton and Katie Duffield who are inspired to support every foster family to succeed.  Relationships are the deep roots and strong branches of our fostering agency success. We run a high quality effective fostering agency that values and puts the importance of relationships between carers, children and the team first.


About Fostering

Types of Fostering

Who Can Foster?


If you are over 21 years old, have a spare bedroom, and can show you have the necessities to help children meet their full potential, then you're eligible to be a foster career.

We value difference in culture, backgrounds and life experiences.
Whether you are single, in a same sex relationship, married, disabled,
have children or not, the door at Ivy House is always open to discuss your enquiry.

People who foster can provide a secure and loving home life and help turn a
child’s potential into reality. Foster carers discover the rich rewards and personal satisfaction that comes with caring for and nurturing a child whilst being part of
Ivy House’s supportive fostering community. You and your family are the roots to the success of a child’s growth and development.

This is how many foster carers start out.
Children initially come in to the care system on a short term basis whilst assessments are completed about the child’s long term needs and future care options.




Long term care is needed for children when assessments have been completed and a legal decision has been made that they cannot return home. Long term foster carers offer a forever home through to adulthood and beyond.







We all need support care when looking after children, so you might offer that support to other foster careers or access breaks when
you need to recharge your batteries.



and Child

This involves the carer helping a young person to care of their child in your home, passing over your
child care skills and nurturing and supporting them to develop theirs.

Existing Foster Carers

If you’re already a foster carer we'd love to hear from you.

If you don’t feel you are getting the right support, then it may be time to change. Changing isn’t as difficult as you think. Pick up the phone and give us a call to find out how easy it is to transfer to Ivy House.


Start by saying 'hello'

If you have a question or want to find out more get in touch.
We'd love to hear from you.


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01909 768318


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The Turbine Business Centre,

Coach Close, Shireoaks, S81 8AP

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