Children Always First Ltd was established in December 2012 by Julie Elliott and Jan Blazak in order to make a real and lasting difference to damaged young lives.
Jan had worked in a variety of Independent Fostering Agencies and had become disillusioned with the whole fostering sector viewing it as driven by profit rather than by children’s needs.
Julie was a Senior Manager with responsibility for specialist support services, fostering services, adoption services and residential homes for a Local Authority. She understands the barriers and fault lines that exist across care and support services for children in care and believes that there are ways of making sure children receive the best possible care and support despite current austerity measures.
Both Julie and Jan care passionately about vulnerable children and young people and in particular those children who are looked after. They really want to make a difference so they decided to take the huge leap and set up a small family-owned fostering agency with a real difference: Children Always First.
Their motivation is to realise a vision of a fostering agency that does what it says on the tin, puts ‘children always first’. They will achieve this by employing and developing skilled and dynamic staff, providing excellent support for carers to enable them to make a positive impact on children in their care and ensuring that they are at the centre of a multi-agency network of partners that really do put children first.
The Children Always First office at The Millhouse, Castle Donington opened on the 1st May 2013.
To be continued…..