Children Always First Ltd was established in December 2012 by Jan Blazak and Julie Elliott in order to make a real and lasting difference to damaged young lives.
Jan has worked with young people all of his life, including managing a residential unit. He has worked for the last seven years within the fostering sector. Throughout his varied roles he had become somewhat disillusioned, believing things could and should be improved, he therefore decided that the best way of realising his vision of high quality care would be to establish his own agency.
Julie was a Senior Manager for many years with responsibility for specialist support services, fostering services, adoption services and residential homes for a Local Authority. Julie fully understands support services for children in care and believes that there are ways of making sure children receive the best possible care and support at fees local authorities can afford.
Both Jan and Julie care passionately about vulnerable children and young people and in particular those children who are ‘looked after’. They really wanted to make a difference so they decided to take a huge leap and set up a fostering agency with a real difference: Children Always First.
“We have been with CAF for four years and we feel very proud to be a part of an agency that has gone from strength to strength in improving outcomes and meeting the needs of vulnerable children.” CAF Foster Carer 2018
Since Children Always First became a registered fostering agency in September 2013, they have been credited with some huge accolades. They were the FIRST organisation to achieve Dyadic Developmental Practice Certification in Europe. Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) is a model based on and bringing together attachment theory. It looks at what we understand about developmental trauma, the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and caregiving, intersubjectivity theory and child development.
We were also awarded the ‘Worcestershire Ethical Trading Business Award winner 2015’.
Since we started the agency we have been inspected in 2014 and 2018. In both inspections we were rated ‘GOOD’ across the board… with many ‘Outstanding’ features.
We work with 14 different local authorities… Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Dudley, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Stoke, Birmingham, Walsall, Telford & Wrekin and Sandwell.
We have now assembled an exceptionally talented and skilled staff team and continue to attract interest from the highest calibre candidates who want to work for an ethical, family owned agency.
We actually receive fifty times more referrals than we are able to place, meaning most of the time we just don’t have the foster carers available as we are ‘full’. Therefore, the only thing we still need is a few more foster carers… could you be one?