Our founders, Sean and Ellen Fitzpatrick, have over 40 years of extensive experience working with children and young people in a wide variety of settings including youth work, juvenile justice and residential child care.
Sean and Ellen started Care Today (the sister organisation of Parallel Parents) in 1991 as a residential children's homes provider. Through their work in residential homes they identified that the majority of children are likely to make better developmental progress in a family environment. So, in response to requests for foster placements from Local Authorities, they decided to branch into fostering.
The first foster carers that Sean and Ellen recruited in 1994 brought about the creation of Parallel Parents, which started as a 'not for profit' family-run fostering service. The agency remains a family-owned and run fostering service, and the experiences of the founders have created a strong child-centred and innovative ethos.