Fostering in the East Midlands
Want to join our fostering team of over 15 foster families in the East Midlands? While our head office is based in Stockport, our team of social workers and foster carers extends all the way down to Rugby. We're looking for carers to join our family, especially in and around Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield and most areas in between!
Your social worker will be on hand 24/7 and live absolutely no more than an hour away from you. We make sure you have support as locally as possible! Get in touch now to start your journey.
Meet the team
My name is Katrina, but most colleagues refer to me as Kat. I have worked for Care Today/Parallel Parents since December 2004. Earlier in my career I worked for Care Today in one of our residential homes in Liverpool, and then when I moved to Leicestershire I joined the fostering branch of the organisation known as Parallel Parents.
I have worked with all ages of children and it is very rewarding when they make progress and become happy and healthy in foster care. In my spare time I like to upcycle things and I like renovating furniture. I like to chill reading a book or watching a film, and I also write poetry. I like music and love a good dance when I venture out.
I love animals and I have four cats that are podgy and pampered. Two of them were born in a barn and destined for the RSPCA but my intervention has created a good life for them. Parallel Parents have done the same for many foster children over the years working with our foster carers to provide them with safety and love.
You really can make a difference.
My name is Mia and I have worked for Parallel Parents as a Foster Carer Development Worker since April 2021. I have worked with children of all ages and I find it very rewarding when seeing them achieve such positive outcomes. Before joining Parallel Parents I worked for Lincolnshire County Council as a Supervising Social Worker in the fostering team. Prior to becoming a social worker I worked as a support worker for Lincolnshire Rape Crisis, supporting children and adults who are survivors of sexual violence.
I like to be constantly learning and developing my skills and I am developing my skills in Play Therapy so I can provide extra support to the children I work with.
In my spare time I like to go running and I am currently training to run a Marathon in Paris in April. I love spending time with my family and friends, walking, going on day trips, and travelling.
Hi, my name is Anna and I am a social worker in the East Midlands team. I've worked with children in some form or another for about 20 years now, which I think shows how much I love it!
In my previous life I was an early years practitioner and a SENCo and I ran my own nursery for about 8 years. I also have 6 children of my own. The eldest 3 have moved out now but I still have 3 teenage boys and 2 bouncy dogs at home so life is never quiet!
I have always been drawn to the kids that are having a tough time or who are finding things difficult for whatever reason and this is what motivated me to retrain as a social worker.
I absolutely love my job at Parallel Parents as it feels like we can really make a difference for the families we work with. It's a real privilege to be part of people's lives in the way that we are and I'm very lucky that I still get to spend time doing fun stuff with the children we support - which is my favourite bit!
Parallel Parents have recently supported me to gain my DDP and Theraplay qualifications. This will hopefully allow me to support children in a different way and I'm really excited about developing these skills.
In my downtime I love walking in the mountains or being by the sea. My favourite place is Snowdonia as you can do both at the same time! I also enjoy paddleboarding, although I fall in more than I should. Music is another passion of mine so I enjoy going to gigs and festivals and I've not averse to getting my glad rags on for a night of cocktails and dancing. Mostly I love travelling so I squeeze in as many trips as I can!
Hi, my name is Cathy, I am a support worker at Parallel Parents. I have worked with the East Midlands team for a couple of years now. I am also a foster carer which helps me to understand how to best support other carers. I love both my roles, no day is the same and it is so flexible.
I worked for 15 years in an early years setting and use some of those skills in my current role. I love meeting all the lovely children and their carers, I do my utmost to keep the children safe, feel supported and happy in their foster homes.
In my own time I like to spend it walking, gardening, travelling in this country and abroad. Most of all I like to hang out with my family and friends.
Start a rewarding career in which you can make a real difference. We will fully train and prepare you to be a great foster parent and help give a less fortunate child a brighter future.
We give you all the support information you need to get started as a foster carer. If you have a question that hasn't been answered by our website, feel free to start a quick web chat with us, email us, or give us a call, and we'd be delighted to answer your query!