Parallel Parents is an independent fostering agency that has been established for over 25 years. We are a family owned and run agency, and believe that our child-focused approach makes us really stand out from other agencies.
We are proud to have achieved the highest rating, "Outstanding" by Ofsted in our last four inspections. The most recent of which took place in November 2021. To find out more about our Ofsted inspection please click here.
Our first priority is always the child or young person in our care. We believe that children have the right to a safe, stable and nurturing foster home, and our overarching aim is to recruit skilled and resilient foster carers who are able to offer children a positive substitute family experience where it is not possible for them to live with their own family.
We strive to offer excellent support to our foster carers so that they can, in turn, provide the best possible level of care to the young people they look after. We want our foster carers to be the best that they can be! We are committed to providing consistently high standards of care to young people, and our experienced team of social workers support a range of different, needs-led placements that are able to meet the diverse, individual and often complex needs of the young people we look after.
We always aim to provide young people with the best possible experience of being looked after, the opportunity and support to achieve positive outcomes and feel safe, and the confidence and motivation to aspire to do their best.
We continually strive to improve our service provision, with an emphasis on matching, quality, support and safeguarding.
You can read our Statement of Purpose here, Get in touch if you would like to see our Statement of Purpose or if you have any questions.
When becoming a Foster Carer for Parallel Parents, you will have access to Spectrum. Spectrum is a hub ran by Emma Furness to help support foster families who have young people with sensory difficulties, Anxiety, Autism, ADHD and signs of trauma-triggered behaviours. Emma will support these families throughout their journey by providing help with learning new strategies or new knowledge around Autism and ADHD.
Emma has 14 years lived experience with her own children, along with a Masters Degree in Children with Autism and is currently completing a PhD to explore behaviours and diagnosis.
While Emma specialises in Autism and ADHD she is also a Sensory Needs Practitioner and will be delivering 'Sensory Processing' training in all areas throughout this year. Emma can also complete a sensory assessment, to provide a sensory diet for our young people.
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OUR STORY SO FAR...
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 (a 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 young people 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 and Parallel Parents was born.
The first foster carers 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.
Our Registered Manager, Sinead Lewis, has been central to the development of Parallel Parents over the last 25 years. Having recruited and supported its very first fostering families, she has been in her current post since 2004, and heads a growing team of experienced Social Workers.
Over time, the company has expanded to cover a wide geographical area. From the original two carers in Bolton, Parallel Parents now have dedicated Social Workers and foster carers all over Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, the East Midlands, the West Midlands and Worcestershire. We are continually looking to develop and expand our agency, and hope to continue our innovative and "Outstanding" fostering service.
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!