Fostering in Greater Manchester

Want to join our fostering team of over 50 families in Greater Manchester? Our head office is in Stockport, and we're always looking for brilliant people to join us! We're especially eager to hear from potential carers living in and around Wythenshawe, Stockport, Hyde, Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, and most areas in between!

Greater Manchester

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


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Hey, my name is Hayley and I am one of the Supervising Social Workers within the Greater Manchester area. Outside of work I enjoy walking and climbed Kilimanjaro in 2020. I'm currently working towards Everest Base Camp but being at home relaxing and cooking a nice meal with good company is my ultimate idea of fun!

I qualified from University in 2016 however went on to work in a Residential care setting within the agency, before starting my journey as a social worker with Parallel Parents in 2018.

I work with the most remarkable people who I have ever seen and who make huge changes to the lives of children and young people. They have allowed me into their family and continue to strive for the best outcomes for children and young people. It is always a pleasure to support foster carers, through the trials, tribulations, and everything in between, and that is all made easier by working for this agency. It is always clear that children/young people and our amazing foster carers are at the heart of everything we do.

I enjoy every aspect of my job, and love how I get to spend quality time with the young people and this allows us to build up great relationships. I enjoy going out on activities and fun days, and spending quality time with children and sibling groups. This allows me to be a confidant for children and young people in my presence.

My experience of working with Parallel Parents I can honestly say has been amazing, it always feels everyone is one big family and I am thankful to work with what I would describe a 'one of a kind' agency.


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Hi, my name is Emma. I have grown up around fostering, with my parents fostering for over 14 years, and having seen first hand how a family can make a difference in a child's life. This is why I wanted to be a social worker, and from that point I started the steps to become one!

I have worked as a supervising social worker for Parallel Parents since 2015; I completed my final year placement of my degree with the company and never left!!! I have seen how supportive Parallel Parents is from being a student to now a qualified social worker and the investment that goes into not only our carers but also to us as staff in terms of career development.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my job over the years, supported carers and children, from being there from day one completing the Form F assessments to then supporting my carers and seeing them learn/develop. It's been amazing to watch them grow in confidence in their role as well as seeing how children grow over the years and supporting them through different stages in their life.

In my own time, I enjoy going paddle boarding, playing football for local 11-a-side team as well as going for walks with my dog.


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What can I say? I love my job, so, so much. I have been a supervising social worker for Parallel Parents since 2002. Whilst my role has changed over the years, I have always had carers and children that I have supported during this time, and still do to this day. There is no greater satisfaction from doing that first visit to a potential foster carer, supporting them through the training, and learning lots about their family, to watching them get approved at the fostering panel. During this time we get to know applicants really well, have a great insight and understanding into their family, and have a really good idea about what kind of child would be a really good match for them.

It has been a pleasure to watch so many of the young people become amazing parents themselves, and go on to be happy and content adults. The carers have huge families now, a vast number of the children who are now adults staying in touch, and even if I don't always get to see them, I love hearing about how they are doing and seeing pictures of them. I am still in touch with a number of young adults, and they know they can count on me now if they need me, even though they are now all grown up. The amount of times a child asks to add me onto Facebook and I have to say “I can't until you're 18”. Nothing better than getting a friend request from them and then being able to be proud from afar as I see how their adult lives are shaping. Fostering for me has definitely been the best career decision I ever made. I would say I'll be here until I'm old and grey... although I'm already grey, just hiding it well!

So now, my role is still a supervising social worker, but I also love to manage the Greater Manchester Team alongside this. We have a great team of social workers, support workers and hub carers helping us to find and support amazing foster families for children and young people.

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Apply now!

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!