Why Choose Independent Fostering Agency AFA Fostering?
At AFA Fostering, our commitment to our core values is unwavering. These values, which guide us in all our activities, are:
- Genuine Quality of Care
- Integrity at Every Stage
- Respect for All Those We Work With
At AFA, ‘Quality’ means maintaining high standards, being reliable, and upholding strong ethics. Externally, this translates to a solid reputation, trustworthiness, and delivering a high quality service. When we asked our Foster Parents what ‘Quality’ meant to them, their responses were heartening. They spoke of giving their all. They highlighted the exceptional support they receive from their Fostering Social Workers (FSWs), the consistent high standards of social work support, and the rigorous recruitment process that ensures the quality of our Foster Parents.
‘Integrity’ is about professionalism, being true to our word, and always putting children first. From an external perspective, this means being truthful, transparent, advocating for children and Foster Parents, and fostering a climate of trust in everything we do. Our Foster Parents view ‘Integrity’ as standing up for children, remaining child-centred, and empowering Foster Parents to voice their opinions and challenge other professionals when necessary.
‘Respect’ to us means holding everyone in high regard, being good listeners, and being non-judgmental whilst considering diverse views and opinions. Externally, it’s about mindfulness, not abusing power, and showing professionalism and respect in all interactions. According to our Foster Parents, ‘Respect’ is seen in how AFA treats them as professionals and integrates young people into family life. AFA’s commitment often leads them to go above and beyond, especially when advocating for the right support for children and Foster Parents in challenging times.
These values are not just words for us; they are the principles we live by every day at AFA. They define our approach to fostering and guide us in making a positive impact to the lives of children, Foster Parents, and all those we work with.
The AFA Story
Anglia Fostering Agency, known simply as “AFA”, began its journey in March 2010. Our roots lie in the heart of East Anglia, spanning across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire.
The inception of AFA was the brainchild of two seasoned social work managers, Graeme Duncombe and Nigel Pickering. Their vision was clear: to establish an independent fostering agency where the needs and welfare of children were paramount. This ethos stemmed from a simple yet powerful belief – every child deserves a fair chance to thrive in life.
Sadly, the reality for some children is that their family circumstances prevent them from being nurtured within their own homes. We’ve witnessed children emerge from challenging backgrounds, and it’s been our privilege to see them blossom into wonderful individuals, thanks to the unwavering care and dedication of our Foster Parents.
At AFA we strive to create an environment that supports and celebrates the vital role our Foster Parents play, and we recognise that the support provided to them is crucial in enabling them to provide the right care for children. As we’ve grown and matured as an agency, our founding principles of quality, integrity and respect remain as relevant and crucial today as they were 14 years ago.
We take immense pride in being a fostering agency founded by social workers, and social work values underpin all we do. Our ethos is simple: prioritise the needs of our children, Foster Parents, and colleagues.
The everyday operations of AFA are managed by Toni Adriano, our experienced Registered Manager, who has been a part of our journey for 12 ½ years. Supporting Toni is a dedicated management team, including Craig Noyes and Marise King, both longstanding members of the AFA family and with extensive previous experience within safeguarding and Children’s Services.
At its core, AFA exists to provide high-quality fostering families to Local Authorities in search of safe, nurturing homes for children and young people. Our role is to recruit, train, and wholeheartedly support Foster Parents, ensuring they are equipped to provide the best possible care for those they welcome into their homes.
The children’s welfare is top of our agenda, and always will be.
We’re dedicated to providing the highest standards of care.
Through our independent fostering agency, we work in close partnership with local authorities, professionals from statutory and voluntary organisations, regulatory bodies and, most importantly, foster parents.
We get to know both the children and our foster parents individually. This means we can carefully match children with the right foster parent. We are proud of the strong, supportive relationships that children develop with their foster families. Find out more about who makes a good foster parent.
We are with you every step of the way.
Our experienced team are on call any time of the day or night. They are there for help, advice, or just a listening ear.
Through our training and support, you will develop the skills and confidence to provide children with a stable and consistent environment.
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