Our services

We provide a range of specialist services to local authorities throughout the UK. We offer services individually or as a package and would be happy to talk to you in more detail about your authority’s requirements.

Our range of services includes:

Family finding for specific children

Local authorities refer children to us when their own searches have not succeeded in finding a suitable family to place them with. Our social workers get to know the individual child or sibling group. It may be that we are already in contact with a suitable family. If not, we then publicise the child’s needs nationally, using tools such as children’s profiles on the Parents for Children website; advertising in the national and/or regional press; profiles in Be My Parent, the family-finding service from the British Association for Adoption & Fostering; and targeted leaflets mailed to suitable families we have talked to about adoption. We carry out a detailed assessment to identify the most likely family from the responses we receive and offer a programme of training, assessment and support to that family.

Assessments

Parents for Children carries out Form F assessments of carers on behalf of local authorities, where a child has already been identified by that local authority for placement. We can include presentation to panel and Court appearance, as required.

We also offer assessments of kinship carers, children and birth parents, including family meetings.

Specialist services

Parents for Children offers an Attachment Style Interview for Adoption/Fostering (ASI-AF) service conducted by a psychologist or trained social worker, to local authorities. The ASI-AF service can form part of a Form F assessment or be provided as a separate, stand-alone service.

Our team of specialist advisers, including psychologists, psychotherapists and paediatricians, are also able to provide assessments of the needs of children including direct work with the child, both pre- and post-placement; and life story work. In addition, we offer story stem assessment process for both children and adults, adult attachment interviews, kinship assessments, supervision of placements, assessments for court and filial therapy.

Parents for Children has a team of social workers with experience of chairing disruption meetings for local authorities.

Fostering, short-breaks and respite care

The Parents for Children foster care team is devoted to providing high quality bridging placements for children with special needs or sibling groups with experienced carers from diverse backgrounds. Our carers have already helped a considerable number of children to prepare for a return to their birth families or to move on to a permanent family.

Parents for Childrens’ experienced respite carers can offer short breaks to children with special needs in a safe and comfortable environment. Our foster care service is currently available within a 50-mile radius of London. We also provide foster care and a short break service in and around Northamptonshire.

You can view the profiles of some of our foster carers here.

Ongoing support, training and family services

Parents for Children believes strongly in preparing our carers in the best possible way to take a child into their care. We provide training and preparation to aid the families we work with and continue to provide post-placement and post-adoption support and training. We also recognise the growing demands that recent legislation places on birth families and adopted children in terms of searches and we offer a range of specialist services for birth families with this in mind.

Conferences and professional training

As acknowledged experts in the field of the needs of children with profound emotional, learning or physical disabilities, we run a programme of conferences and seminars which give the opportunity to learn from and question highly respected speakers in our field.

We welcome suggestions from local authorities and independent social workers for topics to be covered in our conference and seminar programme.

If you would like to talk to us about how we can help your local authority, please contact [email protected] or call 020 7520 2880.