I have worked in both the public and private sectors in childcare. I have been fortunate to have managed a number of fostering services, including in adoption and short break for disabled children, over the years. I have also enjoyed community and voluntary social work both in the U.K. and abroad.
I am the youngest of eight children, and my parents were first generation immigrants from Pakistan. My parents’ beliefs and values taught me that in order to effect constructive change, I needed to work within the system as opposed to working against it. Despite being somewhat rebellious by nature, I decided that going into the police force was the way forward. Sadly, at the time, height restrictions were in play and I found myself to be considerably under the minimum requirements! Having got over my disappointment at this setback, and still driven by a desire to effect change from within, led me into the social care sector.
I wanted to create a fostering agency that was meaningful. Not words, not gloss, but services that reached right to the heart of children and young people. That fundamental belief has never changed.
“EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPERIENCE A CHILDHOOD IN A FAMILY SETTING”
Amicus Foster Care is forward thinking. We have stepped outside the box and developed bespoke services, knowing one size does not fit all. Keeping the Child at the centre, working with Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, and Empathy, Amicus is inclusive and diverse, respecting and valuing all involved.
None of this could be achieved without the wonderful Amicus team, they are truly inspirational. I am so lucky to work with these amazing people: staff, carers, families, and all those central to a child’s life.
Fostering is a vocation; Amicus carers go the extra mile, they say “We can, We will, We have” instigated positive change in a child’s journey.
Amicus has been rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted, but more importantly rated “Outstanding” by our children and young people.