Meet the team at i-want-to-foster.com

Here at i-want-to-foster.com, we have a dedicated team who provide an excellent support service for all our Foster Carers, Respite Carers, Young People and Support Staff, working in our agency Mosaic Foster Care.

We are committed to providing the best possible outcome for all the Young People in our care in Essex, Suffolk and parts of London.

Andre Palmer
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
Roz Parsons
Director
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
Greg de Smidt
Fostering Manager
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.
Mel Davis
Mel Davis
Head Office Manager
I process 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
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.
Jenna Pearman
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 Osbourne
Vivienne Osbourne
Senior Practitioner
“As a Senior Practitioner, I offer emotional and practical advice and guidance to our carers in support of the young people placed with them”.
Jan Henigan
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”.

Rowland Coombes
Rowland Coombes
Therapist
The weekly sessions I provide for children and young people offer an opportunity to process past trauma either directly or indirectly in order to live a successful and fulfilled life in the future.
Anji Wilkes
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.
Emily Carrick
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.
Louise Parfett
Louise Parfett
Therapist
I am a part-time Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at Mosaic Foster care and provide weekly therapy sessions to children and young people. I have been working with children for almost 30 years in varied roles within Education, Care and the NHS.
Tony Hockley
Tony Hockley
Safeguarding Manager
I work with the team, foster carers and young people in creating strategies that ensure our young people are kept safe from harm and that their behaviour does not cause harm to other vulnerable people, especially children.
Lauren Turansky
Lauren Turansky
Fostering Recruitment Manager
I am also responsible for our advertising, marketing and social media and love working with our dynamic team. I-want-to-foster.com is a foster care recruitment company working on behalf of Mosaic Fostercare.
Sallyann Manthorp
Sallyann Manthorp
Fostering Advisor and Support Worker
I’m the community face of i-want-to-foster.com and can be found with my Fostering Information stand in various supermarket foyers, shopping centres, garden and craft shows and community events. I am also a respite foster carer.
Karen Osborne
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 independent living.  I thoroughly enjoy helping to motivate and support individuals and groups to succeed in their future.
Pete Smart
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!