Freephone 0800 234 6282

Care leavers join fostering panels

St Christopher’s is delighted to welcome two care leavers, Nicola Lacey and Ethan Smith to our fostering panels in the Eastern Region and West Midlands.

Ethan is a panel member for our Eastern Region fostering service. His ambition is to represent care leavers and looked after children at all levels through participating in local community groups and charity organisations. He has also been a member of Youth Parliament, sits in Corporate Parenting Forums and is an inspirational public speaker.

Meanwhile, Nicola has joined our fostering panel in the West Midlands. She lived in foster homes and residential care, and has since worked in residential care too. Through these experiences, she has developed a passion for making sure all children in care can live in a positive environment to overcome their trauma and fulfil their potential. She sits on two other fostering panels in addition to St Christopher’s.

Head of Fostering Annette Richards said: “Ethan and Nicola’s expertise is a valued addition to our two fostering panels, as their first-hand knowledge of the care system will help us ensure our homes and services are of the highest standard. We are delighted to have them on-board.”

Attending fostering panel is the last stage of the application process to become a foster carer. The whole process takes around six months to complete, so get in touch with us today to learn more.