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Parallel Parents is an independent fostering agency rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. We have over 20 years of experience and more than 200 foster carers looking after children and young people. We are a family run agency and believe that our child-focussed approach makes us really stand out from other agencies.

Refer a Friend!

Even if you don't think this is for you, there's still a way to help the children in our care! 

If you know anybody who is interested in fostering, you can recommend us to them and you could receive £500 for every foster carer you recommend!


Here's some of the qualities we love to see in our carers:


Non-judgmental attitude, wanting to care for the children whatever their difficulties

Warm, welcoming and positive personalities, helping the children adjust to their new home

Having nurturing and encouraging attitudes, being empathetic and caring

Stable, resilient and emotionally strong, enabling them to support the children in their care


Patient and self controlled, the ability to remain calm when dealing with challenging behaviours

Flexible, and open to being in and working as part of a team

Trustworthy and honest, ensuring the children in their care are safe 

Being fair and reasonable, especially in approaching boundaries and discipline

Willing to learn, to improve skills, knowledge and understanding 

Motivated to develop, allowing them to adapt and meet the needs of the children in their care

Professional, and aware of the boundaries between themselves, the children and the child's family to ensure safe caring

How is it paid?

Upon receiving a referral, we will contact the individual and go through an initial enquiry to ensure they meet the requirements needed to be a foster carer. Following this, we'll do a home visit and assess that the home is suitable. After this we will start the Form F assessment and the case be reviewed by a registered manager and if approved £150 will be paid. 

The remaining amount of £350 will be paid after the newly approved foster carer has their first placement for 4 consecutive weeks!

Becoming a foster carer can even kick-start a career!
Several of our fostering advisors who are fully qualified social workers started out fostering with us! We completely support carers who want to do this by supplying training and helping someone become the best version of themselves.
Contact us here and we can help start the journey of a lifetime! 

Take the first step towards becoming a foster carer today!