"I have worked for the agency since September 2001 as Administration Manager and Panel Administrator. I am mainly responsible for ensuring that all statutory checks for carers and their support members are kept up to date. I also coordinate the assessment of applicants and their presentation at panel. I thoroughly enjoy the role knowing that the work I do in the background of a fantastic team helps towards making a difference to vulnerable children's lives."
I have grown up in a fostering family and have the experience and understanding of what it means to be part of a family who fosters."
Caron is our contact coordinator and is responsible for managing and organising school transport and contact within the agency.
"I love being part of this amazing team, the variation of my duties along with the people I meet makes my job so unique. I've never worked in such a special environment, it's great to feel like you 'fit'."
Lisa is an experienced foster carer who has joined our team specifically for recruitment of new carers. She is also our training coordinator. The new carers she visits have all said how nice it is to be able to talk to someone who fosters.
Lorna is a supervising social worker. She is responsible for supporting our carers and working towards the same outcome of successful placements.
Natalie is a member of the admin team and she provides much needed support for the social workers.
Michelle is a supervising social worker within the agency. She is responsible for supporting our carers and working towards the same outcome of successful placements.
"As supervising social worker the best part of my job is observing the progress that children make whilst with their carers. I enjoy working with carers to help support them to achieve the best outcomes for children as well as seeing the progress and development they make as they gain skills and experience. Other aspects of my role that I enjoy are delivering training and being involved in the referrals and subsequent matching of children to carers whilst on duty. My favourite days are the days when carers come to the agency for training as there is always a buzzing atmosphere, lots of catching up going on and usually lots of laughter! I love my job and feel lucky to work with such high quality carers and colleagues."
Rebecca is another member of the admin team, and also responsible for young people events, and social media.
“I have worked for the agency on and off since it was founded in 1996, in a variety of roles. It doesn't matter what job I am doing, I know that we are all committed to the same goal of making children feel safe and our carers supported."
Sarah is the social worker responsible for carrying out our foster carer's annual household reviews and assessments for prospective foster carers.
"I have worked for the agency for 13 years, I love being part of applicants' beginning their journey into becoming a fostering family and reviewing their progress every year."
Satwinder joined the team in 2014 as our Director of Operations.
Satwinder's role at the agency is multi-functional. As Director of Operations he oversees the strategic and operational aspects of the organisation. He is also the Registered Manager with Ofsted, to ensure our services are legally compliant and delivered to a high and consistent standard.
Satwinder is a qualified Social Worker who has specialised in fostering and adoption work for over 20 years. Over that time he has worked in the public, charity and independent sectors, working with 100s of children and families. He has chaired Fostering and Adoption Panels as well as acting as a consultant to other organisations and working closely with the Department of Education on innovation in social care.
Satwinder is currently studying for a MBA at the School of Management and Law, University of Bradford.
Stephanie is a supervising social worker. She is responsible for supporting our carers and working towards the same outcome of successful placements.
"My family fostered over 60 children for the Local Authority and we loved every minute of the work. We soon realised that being a foster carer was the most worthwhile work that we had ever undertaken. I began the Homefinding and Fostering Agency in 1996 because I knew that foster families needed professional support every day of the week and every hour of the day. This agency takes responsibility for all of the practical matters such as transport to school and contact supervision which enables foster carers to care for the children that are placed with them. The agency continues to put the welfare of the children as their top priority whilst recognising that by supporting the carers will mean that the children and young people will have the best chance of overcoming the adversity of not being looked after by their own parents."