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As a highly respected Leicester based fostering agency, we are confident that our foster carers will receive the best support and training available.
So call Acorn Fostering today to discuss your foster carer potential.

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Servicing in Leicester, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and West Midlands.

ABOUT ACORN

Acorn Fostering Services is an Ofsted approved and registered Ofsted. independent fostering agency based in Leicester, providing fostering agency services throughout the East and West Midlands and Northern Counties.

Our aim is to always provide foster carers who can offer a sensitive approach to children. Because of their life experience, and Acorn’s extensive support and training our foster carers are able to meet the needs of all types of looked after children.

We provide good quality foster placements for children and young people up to the age of 18 years. We believe that children deserve the best quality of care, which helps them deal with their changing circumstances.

Professional Memberships – We are members of The British Association for Adoption and Fostering, the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers, FosterTalk and The Fostering Network. More about our Professional Memberships and Associations

Local Authorities – As an independent fostering agency we complement the fostering services provided by local authorities. We work closely with local authority staff in order to achieve better outcomes for the children placed with our carers. More about the Local Authorities/Councils

Regulations – Acorn Fostering Services operates in accordance with Section 105 of Children Act 1989, National Minimum Standards for Fostering 2011 and Fostering Services Regulations 2011.

We fully comply with the guidance laid out by Ofsted. Ofsted, and ensure that our policies and procedures are kept up-to-date with changes in guidance and legislation.

Testimonials

I have been a foster carer for a long time and very happy to see change and improvement in children.  Always happy to see smile on children’s faces. Working with Acorn has always encouraged me as they have a very supportive staff who always make you feel welcome.  Thank you Acorn for all that you do.

We started our fostering career January 2013 and it has been a journey of learning and full of new experiences. We have learnt that fostering is a very worthwhile and fulfilling lifestyle. We have had many highs and lows, during the six years. Sometimes it can be like living on a roller coaster. Children can be very difficult at times but when you make progress it is a fantastic feeling and makes up for any difficult times you may have. These children come from a very varied background and most have suffered lots of trauma in their short lives. It is very unrealistic to expect perfectly behaved children. A lot of children have lived their lives without any boundaries and will need help to put the boundaries in place. This will take a lot of patience and understanding on the foster carers part. You have to be realistic and accept that not every child can be helped but you never give up trying. Our first child came to us with lots of challenging behaviour and with his hard work and ours this child eventually was invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace. We are so proud of him. We are very lucky to have a great support team who work alongside us. Our training helps us understand and manage many different behaviours. Being a foster carer is very interesting and I would strongly recommend it.

Acorn fostering has always shown a high level of professionalism and my questions have always been answered.

We are with Acorn Fostering for the following reasons. Continual training to a high standard In house social workers who are very supportive and help with any problem we may have and will give advice when needed. 24-hour support Easy access to management Management listen to what carers have to say Helpful front-line staff

I have been fostering for just over 10 years with Acorn Fostering, I’ve had some very difficult placements where they have totally drained me so I’ve had to give notice. I’ve also had many more rewarding placements where I’ve formed some lovely relationships with the young people and I’m still in contact with some of them even now. I find this to be a very rewarding part of my life and still enjoy working with young people and hopefully making a small difference in their lives. I’ve still got a placement that I’ve had since he was 11 he’s now nearly 17 and he’s grown into a lovely young man and I’m so proud of how he has developed but I’m also really happy that I’ve been a part of his life journey.

Acorn fostering agency are very professional and if you have any problems, they come to your aid straight away. They make you feel like you are part of a big family and make you feel really at home and really care for all the foster children in care. It’s a privilege to be a part of their team.

I can’t imagine my life without fostering now and there’s nothing in this world that I would rather be doing. I find it incredibly rewarding and the children are great. The support from acorn is second to none and the agency has a lovely family vibe about it.

It makes us proud to be foster carers when you see the difference you make. It’s about big smiles and creating happy memories to take through life and watching the confidence grow.

My experience with fostering for acorn has been good there is always someone there to help you when needed and the staff always make you welcome when we come down to the office and training sessions, they are a lovely bunch of people and I enjoy fostering…

We have been with Acorn for over 10 years, they are a reliable, supportive and a professional agency to work for.

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