Fostering in Nottinghamshire

Foster a Child in Nottinghamshire

Acorn Fostering Services is dedicated to providing safe and nurturing family placements throughout Nottinghamshire for children and young people in need. Our experienced team is committed to working with our foster carers and local authorities to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children in our care. We believe everyone deserves a chance to experience stability of a caring family and strive to make that a reality for those in our community. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or learning more about our services and fostering agency in Nottinghamshire, we can’t wait to speak with you about our program.

Why Foster in Nottinghamshire?

Fostering in Nottinghamshire can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for those willing to open their homes and hearts to children and young people in need of a stable and caring environment. There is a high demand for foster carers in Nottinghamshire, and by becoming a foster carer in Nottinghamshire, you can make a positive difference in a child’s life. Nottinghamshire is a diverse county with a variety of urban and rural areas, offering a range of opportunities for foster carers to support children from different backgrounds and experiences. By fostering in Nottinghamshire, you can provide a safe and nurturing home for children in need while receiving training, support, and a competitive allowance from Acorn Fostering Services.

How to Become a Foster Carer in Nottinghamshire

Becoming a foster carer in Nottinghamshire with Acorn Fostering Services is a life-changing experience. To start the process, contact our recruitment team, and we will arrange a telephone interview. If the interview outcome is positive, a social worker will visit you to conduct a preliminary assessment. After a successful preliminary assessment, and attendance at our two day mandatory skills to foster training / assessment days, you will make an application, once accepted you will undergo a fully comprehensive assessment, including a range of statutory checks such as DBS and OFSTED. The complete assessment and approval process typically takes 4-6 months on average, and all information obtained about prospective foster carers is kept confidential. Once approved as a foster carer, you will receive ongoing support from Acorn Fostering Services, including training and regular reviews.

What Foster Training Is Available?

Acorn Fostering Services offers comprehensive training programs for both pre-approval and post-approval foster carers. Prospective foster carers are required to attend a two-day Skills to Foster (STF) training facilitated by Acorn’s Senior Recruitment Officer and current foster carers. The STF training is designed to provide a realistic understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of fostering. Post-approval training includes a mix of e-learning, face-to-face training, and virtual training, with each foster carer having a Personal Development Plan (PDP) outlining their training needs. Mandatory training events are scheduled at the beginning of the year, allowing foster carers to plan around other commitments. Acorn foster carers also have access to regular support groups, WhatsApp support groups, and a “buddy system” pairing them with another carer in their area. These training programs demonstrate Acorn’s commitment to providing foster carers with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to provide high-quality care to children in need.

Areas in Nottinghamshire we Serve

We provide foster care services to children and young people in need across Nottinghamshire. Below is a list of areas in Nottinghamshire where Acorn Fostering Services operates.

  • City of Nottingham
  • Bassetlaw
  • Mansfield
  • Ashfield
  • Broxtowe
  • Rushcliffe
  • Gedling
  • Newark & Sherwood

Contact Acorn Fostering Services to Begin Fostering Today

Fostering is a crucial service that helps children and young people in need to experience stability, safety, and support in a caring home environment. At Acorn Fostering Services, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care for every child and young person in Nottinghamshire placed in our care. We work with dedicated and compassionate foster carers who share our vision and values, and we are passionate about improving the lives of looked-after children. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or want to learn more about our services, please contact us. Let us work together to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Nottinghamshire.

We also provide Foster Care in many other counties:

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Our Teachers

Our Qualified Teacher

Shadab Ahmad

Director and ADM

Director Shadab is a qualified social worker with over 32 years post qualifying experience. He has an MA in social work and has worked in Local Authorities and the NSPCC as a manager before setting up Acorn Fostering Services in 2004. His main area of interest is protecting vulnerable children and providing them with new opportunities. He has experience of working with children in need, looked after children and child protection cases.

Anupam Srivastava


Director Anupam is a qualified social worker with over 34 years of post-qualification experience in social work. He has an MA in social work and worked with both statutory and voluntary sector. Prior to setting up Acorn Fostering Services in 2004, he was a neighbourhood Coordinator with Leicester City Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme. Anupam has vast experience of working with children and families.

Kshama Srivastava


Director Kshama has a background in Human Resources Management. Up until June 2014 she was working as a Human Resources professional in the NHS. In 2014, Kshama decided to leave her employment with the NHS to play an active role in Acorn Fostering Services. In her capacity as a Director, Kshama has assumed a lead responsibility for consultation with Staff, Foster carers and other stakeholders, Policy Review, and development along with bringing a vast and valuable contribution in the form of her knowledge and skills and abilities in the field of HR Management.

Lionel Boyce

Registered Manager

Lionel has 43 years’ experience of working in the social care field, ranging from his early work with people with severe mental and physical disabilities and working and managing in older person’s homes, working with children and families in a child care team. Over the last 25 years, Lionel has worked with children, in a child care operations team in various local authorities. Lionel moved to fostering in 1993 initially as a social worker and then as a team manager and service manager with local authorities and independent fostering agencies.

Julie Bailey

Deputy Manager

Julie has 13 years’ experience as a qualified Social Worker with Acorn Fostering Services. Julie started her social work career with Acorn in 2009, firstly as a Supervising Social Worker, then as Acorn’s Recruitment Officer. In October 2015 Julie moved to the post of Placement Manager where she has been able to use her knowledge of our fostering households to inform the risk and assessment process when matching placements. In October 2016 Julie was promoted to Deputy Manager where she has the responsibility of overseeing the Recruitment Team as well as continuing with the Placement Manager.

Our Staff

The rest of Acorn’s team have between them a wealth of experience gained from a variety of different settings all of which contributes to a well-informed, supportive, and stable team. We are a medium sized team with a friendly, professional approach to our work; made up of people from different backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and religions. We value our staff and are committed to helping them explore their interests through training and personal development.