Evergreen Foster Care is a highly specialised service that focuses on placing children from residential schools or children’s homes into intensively supported, foster care placements. The aim of Evergreen Foster Care is to provide placements for children that would not be able to access standard foster care, but who, if adequately supported could make the transition back to a family environment.
We believe that although residential homes can provide a safe and secure placement for children, it is usually preferable for them to live within a family environment. However, in our experience, many children, who have been happy in residential care, move into foster placements but quickly struggle to cope with the drastic change. Carers struggle to adapt to the high levels of need apparent and the amount of attention that the children have become used to in a residential setting. Our aim is to build foster care placements that replicate the benefits and structure of our residential provision, HOPEDALE, but give the child the experience of living in a family setting.
As children coming out of residential care usually have a range of difficulties, only one foster child can be placed with a family at any one time. This ensures that progress is not complicated by the competing needs of equally complex/challenging children, and that the placement maintains stability.
I have recently attended the pre-approval Skills to Foster Training (July 2020) with Evergreen and i can honestly say that it was really useful. I was nervous at first as i wasn’t 100% sure i wanted to foster but the trainers Louise and Clare really made me feel welcome and at home and they made sure that we had the information we needed to continue with out fostering journey
I have never known a fostering agency provide some much support to their carers and we can’t wait to become part of the team!
I wasn’t sure about fostering but i liked the idea of becoming a respite carer and see how i got on. Following the pre-approval training (July 2020) i have now changed my mind, and i would like to progress to full time. I haven’t know an agency who offers so many different packages.
To all the teachers and other people who helped me.
Thank you for getting me through a school year.
You are the best school and class that I have ever been in. When I first came to school I was a bit shy but I soon realised that you were all welcoming and very understanding. I absolutely love this school and class and I could never have asked for a better family than you guys.
I wish Evergreen existed when I lived at Hopedale because they would have supported me and found me the right family to live with. The staff are great because they listen to what you want, and they understand the problems you have had in your life, then they try to give you ways to cope in the future. I lived at Hopedale for 6 years and I was desperate to move into foster care. I hope this gives other children like me, the opportunities I didn’t have.
I lived at Hopedale for 4 years and then they helped me to move into foster care. At first I was worried about leaving Hopedale, but I still come to the school and get to see my friends, so I’m very happy with how things have turned out. I still meet with the therapist once a week so she can continue to help me with my struggles. I like living in a family again.
Ex- residential pupil
As an employee at Hopedale I am very excited to hear that Evergreen will be opening soon. Evergreen will open exciting opportunities for some of the children we have living at Hopedale, they will be given the opportunity to be placed with a foster family who will be equipped with the level of knowledge and share the same amount of love that the staff have here at Hopedale for the children. I am looking forward to seeing the children start their new adventures in life, as they deserve the best.
Employee at Hopedale
When I started working at Hopedale, X was one of the first children that I helped to move in. In the last 3 years I have observed his confidence grow and he has developed hobbies and interests, such as theatre school and dance, which I know X was shy about attending at first. However , Hopedale encouraged him to be himself and now he is thriving and absolutely ready to live in a family. X’s foster carers should look forward to the years ahead.
Currently employee at Hopedale
To everyone who went above and beyond for T.
Thank you so much.
Social Worker of a young person who lived at Hopedale for 5 years
Thank you for taking care of J and supporting his move to his forever family.
Parent of an ex-residential pupil
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