Midlands foster care

Meet the Swiis team

“This is a fantastic company to work for. Lots of support, superb training. Always someone on the end of the phone if needed.”

In the heart of the Midlands

Swiis Foster Care Midlands was set up in 2002 is largely managed by qualified social workers with a wealth of experience in social care. The professional input is led by the Registered Manager who manages a team of Supervising Social Workers, a Health Advisor, an Education Advisor, Children’s Resource Workers and an experienced Foster Care Administration team.

Duke of Edinburgh Licenced Organisation
Swiis Foster Care is a part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme which plays a vital part in raising the aspirations and transforming the lives of our young people.

Support Group 

We currently have five Local Carer Groups based in Birmingham, Stourbridge, Walsall, Staffordshire and Telford/Shrewsbury, giving our new foster carers plenty of opportunity for finding a group close to their home.

These groups are for foster carers to get together and support each other, whether this is just to talk about their experiences of fostering or share transport or childcare for meetings and training. The lead person in each of our Local Carer Groups is called a “buddy” and they are the main contact for the group.

Training locations

We can adapt to locations and accessibility where necessary for our clients/customers.

We offer foster carer training in our main office in the West Midlands which is a short walk from Five Ways train station. The venue offers free parking and wifi.

Our Telford training facility is in the heart of Telford, approximately 1 mile from the train station, within easy access for anyone living in the Shropshire/Wolverhampton area. This location is adjacent to the shopping centre and offers lots of parking in the area.

Areas Covered Include:

Dudley | Coventry | Birmingham | Walsall | Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Warwickshire | Carmarthenshire | Stoke on Trent | Shropshire | Solihull | Staffordshire | Worcester

The office is also covering cases in Oxfordshire and Camden, and we have carers located in the Bromsgrove and Leicestershire areas.

Birmingham Midlands Foster Care
Ofsted Good Provider Birmingham Foster Care
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Office Information


24 Highfield Road
B15 3DP


Registered Managers
Social Workers
Placement Support Workers
Education Advisors
Administration Team

Who works in the Midlands?

Birmingham Foster Care Registered Manager Laurie Long

Laurie Long

Registered Manager (pending)

Laurie qualified as a social worker in 1995. Prior to joining Swiis, Laurie spent 12 years working in the voluntary sector; within NSPCC as Quality and Performance Manager and as Operational Director for Action for Children, responsible for fostering services in the south of England. Laurie has also been a foster carer.

Birmingham Deputy Registered Manager Wayne Hardie

Wayne Hardie

Deputy Registered Manager

Wayne has vast experience working with children and young people. He has also undertaken fostering assessments as well as represented as a member of fostering panel.
Wayne currently supports the Birmingham management team in ensuring the smooth running of the fostering service and that we fulfil our operational responsibilities. Wayne is also the supervisor for several of our Supervising Social Workers and Placement Support Workers.

Foster Care Business Manager Alison Janovicz

Alison Janovicz

Business Manager

Alison worked for a Local Authority for years before joining Swiis in 2000. Alison oversees all placement activity for the Birmingham service including the recruitment, matching and placement of carers. Alison’s proactive approach has had a considerable impact on the growth of the service.

Supervising Social Workers

These are the people that offer help and support to our foster carers, meeting periodically to discuss problems, successes and everything in between.

Coventry Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Phillipa Lapworth

Philippa Lapworth

Walsall Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Nina Woodward

Nina Woodward

Solihull Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Zoe Chance

Zoe Chance

Wolverhampton Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Paul OLoughlin

Paul O’Loughlin

Warwick Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Rebecca Hamblin

Rebecca Hamblin

Worcester Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell

Placement Workers

These are the people that offer emotional and practical support to young people, ensuring the safeguarding and smooth running of placement.

Birmingham Foster Care Placement Worker Sylwia Cisowska

Sylwia Cisowska

Education Advisors

The Education workers role is to promote achievement and attainment, continuity of learning and stability in educational placement for children in permanent foster placements.

Birmingham Fostering Education Advisors Angela Nelson

Angela Nelson


The Administrators role at Swiis aside from looking after the day-to-day requirements of the office, organizing foster carer reviews and panel administration they act as the first point of contact to our carers and are an integral part of the team in ensuring all our carers are fully supported and very much a part of the Swiis family from the word go.

Oldbury Foster Care Administrator Sophie Cooper

Sophie Cooper

Edgbaston Foster Care Administrator Linda Bygrave

Linda Bygrave

Birmingham Fostering Administrator Rachel Priest

Rachel Priest

Events in the Midlands

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