Long-term Fostering

Providing Forever Homes for Children in Need

In the complex world of fostering, there is a special place for long-term foster care – a safe haven for children who, despite the initial hope of short-term placement, find themselves in need of a stable and loving home for the long haul. Long-term fostering serves as a beacon of hope, offering children the chance to grow and thrive within a nurturing family environment when returning home to their birth family just isn’t possible. At Acorn Fostering Services, we understand the unique role long-term fostering care plays in transforming lives in Leicestershire, and we are dedicated to providing a forever home for these deserving children.

What is Long-Term Fostering Care?

Long-term fostering placements are a profound commitment to providing a nurturing and secure home for children who cannot make a permanent return to their birth families. While short-term foster care is often utilized to give birth families the opportunity to resolve their challenges and reunite with their children, long-term fostering steps in when reunification becomes an impossibility. It offers children a sense of permanence and stability, allowing them to form lasting relationships, pursue their dreams, and build a brighter future.

Why Long-Term Foster Care?

Long-term fostering often emerges from other types of foster care placements because children that enter the fostering care system are rarely placed in long-term, permanent care. It evolves when it becomes clear that a child’s circumstances cannot be resolved within a reasonable time frame and they require a more permanent family environment. It can be a confusing time for young people who find themselves abruptly under the care of a local authority and subsequently transferred from one fostering home to the next. These children deserve a better sense of permanency and a loving home where they can flourish by experiencing a safe, balanced setting and forming steady connections.

The Impact of Long-Term Fostering

Long-term foster care can be truly transformative for a child’s life. By establishing a healthy and secure home environment, long-term foster carers become the foundation on which a child’s future is built. They offer ongoing kindness, love, and encouragement that gives children the solid ground to overcome obstacles, settle into a stable routine, and develop a strong sense of identity without any sudden disruption of being placed into another foster home. Long-term fostering creates a supportive family unit that helps children heal from past traumas and empowers them to reach their full potential.

We Provide Extensive Support to Long-Term Foster Carers

Long-term foster care is a significant undertaking involving a lot of effort and responsibility. Acorn Fostering Services provides generous fostering allowances, comprehensive training, and ongoing support to ensure that our foster carers have the skills, resources, and knowledge needed to navigate the challenges of long-term fostering. We know this kind of commitment requires an in-depth understanding of a child’s unique needs and the ability to provide unwavering support throughout their life.

We offer regular visits from your supervising social worker and around-the-clock telephone communications to serve as sources of advice, assistance, and reassurance. Fostering is a journey, and we will be here to guide you every step of the way.

Become a Long-Term Foster Carer at Acorn Fostering Services

Long-term fostering is a deeply rewarding and incredibly fulfilling experience. The bond you form, the milestones you celebrate, and the memories you create together are immeasurable rewards that will last a lifetime. You’ll be the cornerstone of your positive impact on a child’s emotional, educational, and social development.

If you’re interested in taking the first steps in becoming a long-term foster carer at Acorn Fostering Services, we want to hear from you. As long as you’re able to pass our initial checks, and then the Form F assessment, you don’t need to have any formal qualifications. We welcome individuals and families from all backgrounds who possess the compassion, resilience, and dedication necessary to provide a forever home for a child. Contact us today to see how you can make a profound difference in a child’s life.

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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.