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Who we are

Now Foster is a team of innovative social workers, designers, and entrepreneurs who want to change how fostering is done. We work with public sector organisations across the UK to reimagine fostering and to empower brilliant foster carers to care for children and young people.

We want more people to experience the joy of fostering.

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What we offer

We are keen to partner with Local Authorities and not-for-profit organisation that align with our values and wants to change how fostering can be transformed to achieve better outcomes for children and young people.

Designing new fostering initiatives:

We will work with you to design and implement innovative initiatives and programmes (like Weekenders) that make a real difference for foster carers and children. 

Transforming fostering services:

We will help you to improve and transform your current services to create a better service experience for children, foster carers and professionals.

Building digital fostering products:

We have experience in designing digital products for the public sector and want to use that expertise to build technology that underpins outstanding experiences.

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Our skills and expertise

We have over 20 years’ experience in public sector transformation and bring a mix of lived experience, social work expertise, and specialisation in service and digital product design.

Deep sector knowledge

We have deep public sector and fostering knowledge in the team, so we know where the system needs fixing to give children and young people better chances in life

Applied lived experience 

We bring lived experience as foster carers and have a network of care-experienced advisors around us to ensure that we design the right things in the right way.

People centred design approach

We take a people centred approach to designing services and digital products that stand out and make a difference for the people we are designing for.

Meet the team

Now Foster is a team of innovative social workers, designers and entrepreneurs who want to change how fostering is done.

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Sara Fernandez

CEO

"I’ve been fostering since my mid twenties and it’s been the most fun and rewarding thing I have ever done - nothing has taught more about the world and myself than being alongside children in care."

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Laurie Kilby

Social Work Practice Lead

“A newly qualified foster carer, social worker and teacher are all part of who I am and encompass what I stand for. The system has been broken for so long, the time for change is NOW!”

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Jan Blum

Service Design Lead

"My parents fostered when I was a kid and I loved growing up with teenagers around me. There was always an adventure. As a design professional I aim to use my skills to even the playing field as much as I can for those who have had a tougher start."

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Katie Waldegrave

Partnerships Lead

“I began my career as a teacher; I know that without stability and love, it’s impossible for children to learn and thrive. Having started Now Teach - a charity to help career-changers teach - I’ve seen how many of us are seeking a greater sense of purpose”

Elle Tweedy

Elle Tweedy

Digital Design Lead

"I've worked on improving the tools we give people to support children and young people over the past decade. We have a responsibility to create technology that's fit for purpose and user-centred. Foster carers and children deserve better!"

Advisors

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Andy Theedom

Trustee

A Director in PwC's Local Public Services team who works with local authorities and charities across the UK, Andy brings challenge and insight based on his experience of working in and around fostering and achieving change to improve local outcomes.

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Anthony Tarrant

Care Experienced Advisor

"Working with young adults is both rewarding and challenging at the same time and now working as personal adviser, I feel privileged in being able to support people on their journey in to adulthood and living independently."

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Clare Chamberlain

Strategic Advisor

Experienced Director of Children’s Services and advisor to local and national organisations across the UK, Clare supports Now Foster through her wealth of practice experience and senior network in the sector.

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Dominic Campbell

Strategic Advisor

Having spent his career working with government and launching startups, Dominic has a passion for developing public services fit for the digital age, above in children and families services. He is the founder of FutureGov and Impossible Ideas Inc.

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Jasmine Jones

Care Experienced Advisor

"Helping people has always been my passion. As someone who has been in foster care myself I would love to make a difference!"

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Jess LeWatt

Strategic Advisor

Experienced advisor to governments in Australia and the UK on organisation design and delivery of digitally enabled social services, Jess helps the Now Foster team with operations, governance and strategy. Partner in Impossible Ideas Inc.

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Mary Jackson

Trustee

Chief executive of Frontline, England’s largest social work charity. She was previously on the charity’s senior team for over six years. She has 20+ years’ experience in leadership, change management and communications at operational and strategic levels

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Ruth Bansende

Care Experienced Advisor

“I was once a foster child myself. I have always wanted to work with children in care and guide the foster parents who may be struggling with building a relationship with their young person.”

Supporters

FrontlineThe Alex Timpson TrustImpossible Ideas, IncNewham London