Our Fostering Team
Hi my name is Malgorzata Klyz (known as Gosha). I joined Welcome Foster Care in December 2014 as a Deputy Manager, and became the Registered Manager in May 2015.
I am an enthusiastic and motivated professional who has worked with looked after children and young people for over 12 years in fostering and residential settings, managing Children’s homes for young people with severe challenging behaviour, special needs or complex emotional problems. I am a Qualified Social Worker and hold a degree in Social Psychology.
I enjoy cycling, travelling, swimming, theatre and modern art.
Working at Welcome is completely different to any of my previous roles. As Office Manager I am responsible for the organization and co-ordination of office operations, procedures and resources to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency. I enjoy working in this role and feel that it is very rewarding knowing that Welcome Foster Care is making a positive difference to young people’s lives.
In my spare time I enjoy baking whether it be for a special occasion; birthday, wedding or just generally.
Meet Karen A
Hi my name is Karen. I am from Kent and have worked in Kent and London for the past 12 years in fostering. I manage the social work team who are incredibly committed to our foster carers and children & young people and always go the “extra mile” to support them very closely. I am passionate about fostering and delivering high quality support to carers and children. I am very much looking forward to contributing to the ongoing development of Welcome Foster Care. Working with foster carers and witnessing the amazing difference made to children and young people’s lives has been an absolute privilege throughout my career.
Greetings to all. I am Rebecca and I have recently joined the Welcome Foster Care team in March 2016 as a Supervising Social Worker. In 2007 I qualified as a Social Worker, completing my BA (Hons) Degree from Kingston University. Following my degree, I was employed by a London based Local Authority as a Social Worker in a fast-paced Referral and Assessment team. This was valuable experience as I gained an in-depth understanding of Child Protection. In addition, I gained experience in Safeguarding procedures and acquired good analytical, recording and assessment skills. My employment in the London based Local Authority has given me a good insight in to statutory Social Work and working with vulnerable populations. It also added to my experience by helping me understand and abide by the code of ethics, values and principles of Social Work. My longest period of employment has been in the area of Fostering. I gained a broad set of skills and experiences in fostering in the recruitment and assessment of prospective foster carers, as a member of the fostering panel and as a Supervising Social Worker. I enjoy working with children and young people and know what a positive difference a good professional can make in their lives. I value their futures and I bring my positive attitude and my Social Work skills and experience to make that difference. I am hard-working, well organised and committed to bringing change and positive outcomes for the children we serve. On a personal level, I am an avid musician and enjoy playing and listening to an eclectic range of music. I have been a student of the Royal Schools of Music and play the piano, recorders and clarinet with some proficiency. Other interests include world -travel, reading, theatre and socialising with family and friends. I look forward to the challenges that Welcome Foster Care will offer me in my professional development. I also look forward to making a change in the lives of vulnerable children we serve and in making a contribution to this agency.
Hello my name is Sonia and I joined Welcome Foster Carer in August 2016 as Office Panel/Administrator. I have been working with young people for quite some time. I have worked within a local authority environment for many years as support staff and practitioner.
I have previously worked for The Youth Offending Service as a Referral Order Case manager which is a multi-agency organisation, which works with other partner agencies such as the police, probation service, social services, health, education, drugs, alcohol misuse, and housing officers.
As a Referral Order Case manager my role and responsibility was to prevent offending and re-offending behaviour and to ensure that young people realise their potential and positively contribute to their communities. Within my role I have worked with some of the most deprived and socially excluded and risk taking children and young people. As well as being involved in criminal activities YOS clients are more likely to have been in contact with welfare services, have been in care and children of offenders are also then more likely to become offenders themselves. I have been working with young people from deprived backgrounds and in a young offender’s environment for some time. This has made me establish an interest in working with young people with difficulties. I have worked part time as a Residential Social Worker for around 6 years in different units. I have worked for three different companies, accommodating young people from different backgrounds, from child protection, straight out of secure units and young offenders. I have worked with high risk young people, self-harming and profiled as prolific offender with challenging behaviour. In my experience of working with young people, this is not always the case and with effective guidance and training in life skills young people can change and take a responsive attitude to a life of responsibility and trust. I have also worked with the Looked After Children’s Team as support staff and Panel Co-ordinator. Offering support to the Looked After Children’s processes, also offering general administrative support to office functions. I was responsible for co-ordinating the placement panel, hence the reason why I applied for the positon of Office Panel/Administrator at Welcome Foster Care and am looking forward to meeting all the Panel members.
I graduated from the University of Lincoln with a Upper Second Class Honours in Social Work September 2016.
I chose Fostering as a career as I am interested in supporting the mental wellbeing of children in care. I feel foster carers, who spend the most time with the children, have the greatest impact in a child’s mental wellbeing. After working in Lincolnshire County Council’s fostering team for a year I decided to move to London for a new challenge.
I enjoy working at Welcome Foster Care due to the teams passion around advocating for young people. Working at Welcome Foster Care brings opportunities to learn about a wide range of different issues when supporting looked after children and I look forward to continuing my professional journey with the team.
I love animals and have a cat called Dave, a dog called Rebel, a chicken called Molly and a tortoise called Lilly.
My name is Kandice and I am thrilled to be a part of the Welcome Foster Care Team.
I am the new Recruitment Coordinator and I am keen to meet prospective foster carers that are eager to support children and young people deserving of a supportive home.
My work history includes working alongside Care Leavers in East London and youth experiencing homelessness in Canada.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or would like to learn more about Welcome Foster Care and the overall fostering process, please feel free to contact me.