Short-term Fostering

Making a Lasting Difference for Young Ones in Need

As a registered and Ofsted-approved fostering agency based in Leicester, Acorn Fostering Services takes great pride in providing exceptional short-term fostering agency services throughout Leicestershire and the surrounding counties. Our mission is to offer a nurturing and supportive environment for children and young people up to the age of 18 years in need of temporary care, ensuring their well-being and helping them thrive during challenging times.

We understand children in need of short-term care come from unique backgrounds and life experiences, and our foster carers at Acorn Fostering Services possess compassion, empathy, and extensive training to support them. Learn more about our short-term fostering services and how you can become an Acorn foster carer today.

Short-term Fostering Explained

Short-term fostering is vital in providing temporary care for children unable to live with their birth families. It offers a lifeline of support during times when parents require additional assistance or face difficulties that make it challenging for them to care for their children. Short-term foster care provides a safe and stable environment, allowing children to flourish while their birth families work towards resolving their challenges

The Duration of Short-term Fostering

Short-term fostering can vary in duration, depending on the unique circumstances of each child and their birth family. Typically, short-term placements can range from a few days to several months. The length of the placement is influenced by factors such as the process made by the birth family and the child’s overall well-being and development. Our experienced team works closely with our foster carers to ensure that each child’s needs are met and the placement duration is appropriate for their situation.

Becoming a Short-term Foster Carer

At Acorn Fostering Services, we welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children. You don’t need previous fostering experience to become a foster carer. We believe everyone has unique qualities to bring to the table, and we provide comprehensive training and ongoing support to ensure you are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Whether you’re single, married, in a same-sex relationship, retired, or already employed, you can make a difference as a short-term foster carer with Acorn Fostering Services. We value your commitment and dedication to providing a loving and supportive home for children in need. Our team will guide you through the assessment process, providing the guidance, advice, and practical assistance you need at every step.

Fostering Allowances for Short-Term Foster Carers

Short-term foster carers receive financial support to cover the costs associated with fostering a child. The fostering allowance is based on factors such as the needs of the child, the level of care provided, and the child’s age. At Acorn Fostering Services, we offer competitive rates to ensure our foster carers are generously compensated for their dedication and hard work. Additionally, we provide ongoing training and support to help navigate any challenges that may arise during your care.

Become a Short-Term Foster Carer Today

At Acorn Fostering Services, we take great pride in our commitment to providing exceptional support to our foster carers. When you become a short-term foster carer with us, you’ll join a compassionate team that strives to make a positive impact in the lives of vulnerable children.

We coordinate with various councils to offer a complete range of fostering services, from short-term, emergency, and respite placements to long-term placements and much more. If you’re ready to experience first-hand the emotionally and financially rewarding career of being a foster carer, you’ll be helping fill the immense demand for foster carers and become a catalyst for someone’s brighter future. Contact us and become a part of the Acorn Fostering family today.

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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.