AFA Fostering

Testimonials

I want to foster

Social worker feedback:

It was refreshing to work with such a lovely fostering agency that were on the ball and clearly genuinely had the kids best interests at heart.

Childs Social Worker


Some quotes from staff and carers taken from the Investors In People report:

‘It works because people support each other – we all support each other’

‘If I don’t think something’s right I’m happy to challenge it’

‘The child is still at the heart of everything we do’

‘We discuss in my supervision what I’ve learnt and what I’ve taken away from the learning’

‘The ethos and culture of AFA is very – very different to the organisations I’ve worked in before’

‘We feel part of the AFA family’

‘The vision of what a fostering service should be about runs through everything that happens in this organisation’

‘It’s all about the children – we’ll always come back to this’

‘We skill up our staff to skill up the carers to ensure they can make a difference’

‘They value their carers, you feel part of the team and we’re all on first name terms’

‘This organisation matches my own morals and values’

‘Well I think they’re platinum as far as I’m concerned!!!’

Investors In People report 2015


Our journey with AFA began when we answered an ad on Gumtree. The placement officer Jag called and made an appointment to see us and arrived promptly on our doorstep at the agreed date and time.

Jag has been a corner stone in our achieving our goal as foster carers. When we had a million questions to ask she answered everyone with a smile. We recently went through to panel with the words “you’ll be fine” ringing through our ears, and we were.

The whole process from start to finish was easy and comfortable with chances for you to speak about your life with some who came across as a friend. It was completed at our pace as both of us worked and had other commitments. AFA are able to work around you and make arrangements for visits and assessments when convenient for you. There is regular training for foster parents, this is tailored to our role as foster carers. I think the reason we enjoy the training is that the classes are small enough for everyone to join in and be heard. We have also had the chance to meet some great foster carers and some new ones whom we share our stories with and give each other hints and tips as well as hugs if need be.

My partner and I have never throughout the whole process thought this was daunting or something we felt we could not carry on with. We enjoyed the whole process and would encourage anyone who wanted to be a member of a great company to get on board. So thanks AFA for making our journey pleasant.

Zadie