I started my first foster care industry job in 2004 after receiving my qualifications. I have been at Mosaic since 2017.
The best part of my job is seeing foster parents grow in skills, confidence and embed our therapeutic SMILE model into their day to day lives as it becomes second nature to them. This in turn ensures our children and young people receive the highest level of support and encouragement to achieve and work through adverse childhood experiences.
I joined Mosaic from another fostering agency as I was impressed by their therapeutic approach. We hold regular safeguarding reviews for all our children and young people in addition to statutory meetings, and these are extremely beneficial for the multi-disciplinary team around the child to share information and plan going forward.
A standout moment for me was being invited along with a young person’s foster family to see them graduate after a very bumpy beginning when they were first fostered. The look of pride on the foster parents’ faces was priceless.
I like to spend time in a floatation tank, listen to live bands, and in private practice ventriloquism and meditation, especially yoga nidra.
I work three days a week so need to be organised. A typical day would involve checking and responding to emails, checking in with families, attending any meetings scheduled for that day and dealing with and responding to any emergencies that may come up. I regularly liaise with children’s social workers, our therapy team, and schools to ensure children and young people’s care plans are being followed.