About Sarah Anderson

Lead Fostering Consultant.

Sarah has supported and represented carers from beginnings in her local authority fostering association, to heading up and developing up a successful union branch for foster carers, and then an Alliance for foster carers. Sarah set up her independent consultancy in July 2021.

About Sarah Anderson


After many years as a psychotherapist in NHS adolescent mental health Sarah wanted to dedicate more time to looked after children, she became a foster carer specialising in adolescents.

Sarah has been fostering for 15 years and now has what she calls her ‘wonderful extended family’, some of those now with families of their own. However as she moved into the fostering arena she became starkly aware of the challenges facing foster carers and the industry and has spent many years working with carers, providers and related organisations. Sarah has extensive experience and knowledge of foster care from a unique perspective which informs her work as an Independent Fostering Consultant.

“There is this big myth in caring that all you need is a spare room and a big heart, and that somehow to call a carer a skilled professional undermines that or suggests that you don’t care, but nurturing and caring for a child or young person and being a skilled, qualified professional are not mutually exclusive”

Consultancy Services
We must never forget who is at the heart of all that we do

“We must never forget who is at the heart of all that we do – our children and young people – and I consider myself an integral part of raising the outcomes and standards for them in my work as an independent fostering consultant, facilitating good outcomes and having a positive impact on retention, recruitment and placement stability”

Work includes:

Free initial advice for Foster carers, no issue too big or small. Pro Bono Allegation support and representation available for Foster Carers subject to availability.