Foundations: Supporting Families

Registered Charity No. 1150716

Welcome To Foundations: Supporting Families

Foundations: Supporting Families is a registered Charity and aims to support Children and their families who are separated either from family breakdown, Local Authority interventions or through adoption. Our goal is to support parents and children with communication, the families' transition through change and contact whatever the reason that separation has occurred, re-uniting families when contact has been lost.

The center is based in Chatham, Kent and provides independent supervised contact services when there are risks or a lack of trust or where there has been a long gap in contact. We also provide supported contact where their may have been a gap or lack of a suitable environment for contact to take place.

Foundations is fully Accreditation by the National Association of Child Contact Centers (NACCC) and has contracts from the Children and Families Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS), providing Contact Services, when there are significant issues or risks.

Foundations have developed a programme 'Impact' to support parents in understanding the impact upon their selves and their children. Our aim is to provide information and support for parents to ensure that the transition which is very emotional does not impact on their children negatively. This programme is based on research and extensive experience in this field. Within this we also look at Maintenance for children which is another that separating parents often struggle with.

We are also undertaking research, so we would ask for your views and experience too, whether you are now an adult who has positive or negative experiences of separation and divorce, a Grandparent or other extended family member, a non-resident parent or resident parent. Your views are important to ensure that the support we offer helps the overall tasks which is reducing the negative impact that separation and divorce has on those involved.


As a Charity we are here for the benefit of all members of the public who have experienced separation from their family members and divorce. This makes your thoughts and views invaluable, and to this end we would ask that you consider becoming a member. Members receive quarterly newsletters on all aspects of separation, and what is happening in Kent. You also have voting rights at the Annual General Meetings in regards to the appointments of Foundations trustees, or you could consider becoming a trustee or a volunteer yourself.

  • Individual Membership £1 per year

  • Family Membership is just £3 per year (up to 4 over 16 years)

  • Business membership £20 per year

Our Facilities

At our Contact Centre we have individual rooms for children and families to enjoy quality time together, as if you were at home. We also have a kitchen where Parents can prepare lunch or bake cakes during contact time.

Facilities include:

  • Free refreshments; Tea, Coffee and Squash

  • Toys and Games for all ages

  • Drawing and Painting Equipment

  • Foosball and Pool Table

  • Support to hand from experienced - caring staff and volunteers

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