Fostering in Warwickshire

Foster a Child in Warwickshire

Acorn Fostering Services is proud to offer fostering services in Warwickshire, offering high-quality foster care placements to children and young people throughout the area. Our mission is to provide safe, nurturing, and stable family placements to those who cannot live with their family of origin. Our experienced team are committed to working closely with our foster carers in Warwickshire, providing them with the necessary resources and support to provide excellent care. We would be pleased to speak with you if you are interested in becoming a foster carer or learning more about our services in Warwickshire.

Why Foster in Warwickshire?

Becoming a foster carer in Warwickshire can have a significant positive impact on the life and future of the children and young people placed in your care. By providing a safe and stable home environment, foster parents can help children who have experienced trauma or instability to heal and grow. Foster carers play a vital role in supporting children’s physical, emotional, and educational needs while helping them develop important life skills and providing them with a sense of belonging. Fostering a child can be a challenging but rewarding experience and can make a lasting difference in a child’s life.

How to Become a Foster Carer in Warwickshire

Becoming a foster carer in Warwickshire is a thorough and rewarding process. It starts with an initial request and a telephone interview with our recruitment team. If successful, a social worker will then arrange a visit and conduct a preliminary assessment. After a positive recommendation from the preliminary assessment, you will be will required to attend a two-day “Skills to Foster” training / assessment days that covers responsibilities as foster carers and working with Acorn Fostering Services. After a positive recommendation from this, you will be invited to make an application, once your application is accepted, a fully comprehensive assessment called a Form F assessment will be started, which includes statutory checks such as DBS, previous local authorities, and OFSTED. The complete approval process typically takes 4-6 months and requires attending an independent fostering panel with your assessing social worker.

Throughout the process, applicants will be guided to compile a written material portfolio showcasing their relevant experience and skills. If approved, foster carers will be subject to the terms and conditions in Acorn Fostering Services’ Service Agreement, and their approval will be reviewed annually.

What Foster Training Is Available?

Acorn Fostering Services provides a comprehensive training program for pre-approval and post-approval foster carers. Prospective foster carers must attend a mandatory two-day training called Skills to Foster, facilitated by Acorn Fostering Services’ Senior Recruitment Officer and current foster carers. This training aims to provide realistic insight into fostering and help prospective foster carers determine if fostering is right for them and their family. Post-approval training includes a mix of e-learning, face-to-face, and virtual training, tailored to individual foster carers’ needs identified in their Personal Development Plan (PDP). There are mandatory training events for foster carers, and they receive a calendar of the training events at the start of the year, allowing them to plan around their fostering tasks and commitments. Regular support groups, including virtual and face-to-face meetings, are also available to Acorn’s foster carers, along with a WhatsApp support group and a buddy system to provide additional support and advice.

Areas in Warwickshire we Serve

Acorn Fostering Services is dedicated to providing high-quality fostering services across Warwickshire. The areas we serve include the following:

  • Stratford-Upon Avon
  • Warwick
  • Rugby
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth
  • North Warwickshire

Contact Acorn Fostering Services to Help Your Community

At Acorn Fostering Services, we are dedicated to making a positive difference in children’s and young people’s lives. We believe every child deserves a chance to experience the stability of a caring family, and we work tirelessly to make that a reality. We are grateful for the commitment and dedication of our foster carers, who are truly our greatest asset. If you are interested in fostering in Warwickshire or would like to learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be honored to have you join us in our mission to provide the highest quality foster care placements in Warwickshire.

We also provide Foster Care in many other counties:

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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.