Evergreen Foster Care evolved as it became apparent within HOPEDALE Children’s Home, that some children were ready for family life, but unable to move on because traditional foster care did not meet their needs.  We considered and analysed the reasons why these foster placements were not suitable or successful, and consequently developed an innovative, creative package that enables children to thrive and make progress in a family home, when moving from residential care.


What makes Evergreen Foster Care DIFFERENT to other agencies?


We are able to provide our full-time foster carers with 65 days annual leave.

How do we do this?

Our foster children stay with our respite foster carers every other weekend and during school holidays.  Our experience shows this has a positive effect on the wellbeing of, and long-term relationships between, our foster carers and our foster children.


We understand what a big responsibility it is to be a foster carer.  In return for their dedication, support and provision of a loving environment for our foster children, our foster carers receive a professional allowance.

What is this allowance?

Our full-time foster carers receive over £38,000 per year and our respite foster carers receive over £8,000 per year.  In addition, we provide a guaranteed income during a period when our full-time foster carers are without foster children.


We provide professional support for our foster carers.

What do we do?

We provide regular therapeutic support at home for all of our foster carers.  In addition we provide professional telephone advice and guidance service 365 days of the year, 24 hours per day.  This therapy and advice is tailored to each foster child by professionals who know and understand our foster children.


If a foster child does not have a school it can place a major strain on a fostering family.  Our foster carers do not need to worry about finding their foster child a suitable school.

Why is this?

Every child placed with one of our foster carers is guaranteed a school placement.  Our foster children are offered a school place, with the agreement of the Local Authority, at one of our highly regarded schools in the Leek, Stafford, Kidsgrove and Crewe area.


It is normal if you are thinking of being a foster carer to be uncertain about being able to deal with the behaviours of a foster child. We prepare and support our foster carers to have the ability and skills to succeed.

How do we do this? 

All of our foster carers attend a 5 day training week and have access to 24 hour emergency support and advice. Our full-time foster carers also attend our fortnightly Connect, Review & Develop sessions when our foster children are at school. So we will always be there to support you and our foster children.

  • 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

    Pre-approval training for applicants

    Aged 50
  • 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!

    Evergreen is different

    Aged 60
  • 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.

    I want to become a foster carer with Evergreen

  • To all the teachers and other people who helped me.

    Thank you for getting me through a school year.

    School Pupil

    Aged 17
  • 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.

    School Pupil

    Aged 13
  • 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.

    Ex-residential pupil

    Aged 16
  • 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

    Aged 13
  • 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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