Here at Mosaic Foster care we have a dedicated team who provide an excellent support service for all our Foster Carers, Respite Carers, Young People and Support Staff.
We are committed to providing the best possible outcome for all the Young People in our care in Essex and Suffolk.
Andre Palmer – Director
I qualified as a social worker in 1997 after a career in the private sector. I worked within a children’s assessment team and then as a senior practitioner within child protection for Essex County Council. In 2000 I became a child protection officer with the NSPCC and later acted as manager of a specialist unit working with children and families.
I hold an MA in Applied Systemic Theory from the Tavistock Centre, a BA in Professional Social Work Practice, a PQ Award in Childcare and an Advanced Award in Social Work. In 2002 I became Manager of therapeutic services at Kites Children’s Services and in 2008 I became a Director and co-owner of the organisation.
In 2004 I jointly founded WillisPalmer an independent organisation which provides an a national network of independent social workers, consultant psychologists and qualified therapists. In 2009 Roz and myself started Mosaic Foster Care to complement Kites fostering service by offering long term foster placements utilising the same tried and tested integrated treatment methodology for a wider client group.
Roz Parsons – Director
“I began my career during 1985 as a founder member of the Accommodation Project, which was set up to respond to the closures of Psychiatric Institutions. The tasks include identifying alternative placements for clients who had been living in these hospitals receiving long term care.
After qualifying as a social worker in 1992, I was employed as a Deputy Manager at a Local Authority Project specialising in working with adolescents which consisted of a Residential Service and Field Work Provisions. I became Project Manager for the residential component in 1993 and was involved with two other Residential Homes in advisory, development and supportive capacities. Also during this time I worked as a College Lecturer.
In 1995 I created Kites Children’s Services. This private company provides residential, outreach, training and consultation services to young people, placement providers and agencies working with adolescents and their families.
I pioneered the development of the specialism – working with adolescents who display harmful sexual behaviour in 2000. During 2005, I founded a Fostering Service within Kites Children’s Services which integrated with the Residential, Education and Therapeutic provisions to provide alternatives for users.
In 2009 Andre and I started Mosaic Foster Care to complement Kites fostering service by offering long term foster placements utilising the same tried and tested integrated treatment methodology for a wider client group.
Greg de Smidt – Fostering Manager
“I have worked as a social work front line practitioner, Manager, Senior Manager and Regional Manager across the voluntary, statutory and private sectors. I have also held positions in social health care roles in Canada, USA, England and Scotland. I’ve worked for small independent agencies as well as holding an executive position within a global child care agency. In addition to my current role as Fostering Manager for Mosaic, I am also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Fostering Network.”
I have degrees in psychology and social work and have undertaken a year of psychotherapy training as well as management qualifications. I’ve also been previously involved in research projects and I am a published researcher in respect of social work. My real interest at present is Leadership development, as this is vital to the running of a healthy workplace that stands the test of time”.
Melanie Davis – Head Office Manager
“Having just joined the team at Mosaic as the new Office Manager I am learning all about my role and fostering.
I will be processing checks and applications for foster applicants, arranging panels and meetings. I will also be overseeing HR and other areas in the office. I am looking forward to learning more and developing my role within the team.”
Dave Dunne – Head Office Administrator
“As Head Office Administrator, I work as part of the Fostering team and will usually be your first point of contact when visiting or phoning the company. I oversee payments to Foster Carers and external service providers, keep our records updated, deal with enquiries/phone calls, organise training sessions/meetings for carers and/or staff and social events.”
Jenna Pearman – Supervising Social Worker
“My name is Jenna and I am a Supervising Social Worker for Mosaic Foster Care, a specialist fostering agency based in Essex and serving Suffolk and into London. I offer practical and emotional support to the foster carers within our team in the day-to-day care of the young people”.
Vivienne Osborne – Senior Practitioner
“As a Senior Practitioner at Mosaic Foster Care, I offer emotional and practical advice and guidance to our carers in support of the young people placed with them”.
Jan Henigan – Supervising Social Worker
“I started my working career in a high street bank where I remained until I took a career break in 1999 to care for my son and train to become a Social Worker. I qualified in 2004 and worked for a London Local Authority in both the adoption and fostering teams before deciding to gain experience in the independent fostering sector in 2012. I worked in a charitable fostering organisation for almost 6 years where I was a Senior Practitioner before joining Mosaic in November 2017 as a Supervising Social Worker”.
Anji Wilkes – Therapist
“I provide weekly sessions for Mosaic children and young people that allows them to work through past trauma so that they are able to understand and change their behaviour and work towards happy and healthy futures. These sessions are informed by their Foster Carers who I support through a supervision process so that the children and young people are our focus and can be better understood. I use my Social Work background and experience to attend multi-disciplinary meetings to make sense of the children we support from a systemic perspective. A thorough assessment is undertaken so that I can focus my support on specific treatment goals that ensure our children can really make a change to their behaviour and ways of thinking.”
Emily Carrick – Therapist
“My role involves providing weekly therapy sessions to children and young people placed with Mosaic Fostercare. The therapy sessions are often play based and aim to both support emotional expression and help the child to make sense of their experiences and behaviour. I also meet regularly with carers and keep up to date with the weekly diaries to understand the young people better. I enjoy my role within the multidisciplinary meetings and value thinking together with the team and about how best to support the children and young people. I also provide training on topics such as Attachment and The Secure Base Model, Problematic Sexual Behaviour and Therapeutic Communication.”
Lauren Turansky – Fostering Recruitment Manager
“We want great people to become foster carers at Mosaic Foster Care across Essex & Suffolk, and it is my job to find them! I am normally your first point of contact on your fostering journey and am happy to have a chat. I am also responsible for our advertising, marketing and social media and love working with our dynamic team.”
SallyAnn Manthorp – Fostering Recruitment Co-ordinator and Support Worker
“I’m the community face of Mosaic Foster Care and can often be found with my Fostering Information stand in various supermarket foyers, shopping centres, garden and craft shows and community events. As a Respite Foster Carer for the company, I can speak from personal experience about the benefits and rewards of the role as well as explaining the process from Application to Approval.”
Karen Osborne – Support Worker
“Hi, I’m Karen and I’m a Support Worker for Mosaic. My previous experience has been working with Young People aged 16-18 years helping to support them into independant living. I thoroughly enjoy helping to motivate and support individuals and groups to succeed in their future.”
Pete Smart – Support Worker
“Hi, I’m Pete and I’m a Support Worker for Mosaic. I’m a qualified Youth Worker and Fostering Changes trainer. I really enjoy my work as no two days are ever the same!”