Parallel Parents

Parallel Parents is an independent fostering agency that has been established for over 25 years. We are a family owner 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 three inspections. The most recent of which took place in January 2018. 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.

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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 hero 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 Foster Care Development 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.

Get in touch if you would like to see our Statement of Purpose or if you have any questions.

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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.