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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SIGNING UP -

� The Mul­tidi­men­sional Treat­ment Fos­ter Pro­gramme (MTF) and Ther­a­peu­tic Re­par­ent­ing scheme (TRP) have been op­er­at­ing in Kent for the last two and three years re­spec­tively. � Both run on a small scale. The MTF has a ca­pac­ity for just nine chil­dren, while that of the TRP is 15. It is hoped this will ex­pand with more fund­ing. � The MTF is based on an Amer­i­can sys­tem de­vel­oped in Ore­gon. It works by closely su­per­vis­ing and as­sess­ing the be­hav­iour of trou­bled chil­dren us­ing a de­tailed sys­tem of checks. Fos­ter par­ents are given close sup­port by so­cial work­ers. � The TRP ed­u­cates fos­ter par­ents about how to deal with chil­dren with trau­matic pasts, and pro­vides them with a very close sup­port net­work. It fo­cuses on mak­ing sure chil­dren stay in one fos­ter home, rather than mov­ing around. � Kent County Coun­cil is al­ways on the lookout for new fos­ter par­ents. Any­one who is in­ter­ested should call 0845 330 2968, or visit www.kent.gov.uk/fos­ter­ing

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