The term Olive Branch is often associated with the offering of peace usually after a turbulent time.

When a child comes into care it can be a very distressing time in their life and our foster families offer a safe, peaceful and loving family life. This is why we called ourselves Olive Branch back in 2015 when we started our journey to support foster families.

Over the years we have supported hundreds of foster families and made a lasting impact on so many people’s lives. This is what drives us to provide the best fostering service possible. We are a friendly but professional team that all work tirelessly to support our foster families. 

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What is fostering?

Children come into foster care for many reasons, this can be due to a family breakdown, domestic violence, drug abuse, an ill parent amongst lots of other reasons. When a child or children are taken into foster care, the Local Authority is responsible for placing them in a fostering placement that can meet their needs. This match can be based on culture, religion, geographic location for school or contact with birth parents and health needs. The foster family also have their own matching criteria which is taken into consideration when making a decision to place foster children with them. 

Types of fostering…

Every child is different and their situation will also be different. Some children only need short-term care while others will stay until they are 18. Some may have physical or mental health needs. Below are the types of fostering placements we offer:

Short Term

A temporary home for a child whilst their parents are unable to look after them.

Long Term

A home for a child until they are at least 18 years old. This is when it is decided that they will not be returning to their birth parents.

Respite

Very short term starting from one night to a few weeks. This may be when another foster family is unable to look after them for a short period in between their placement.

Sibling

When brothers and sisters are kept together.

Step Down

When a child moves from a residential children’s home into a foster placement with extra support for the foster family.