Welcome to Flourish Fostering

We couldn’t be happier that you would like to know more about therapeutic fostering, and that you may be considering fostering with Flourish.

We are a small but mighty organisation, where the working environment is like being part of a family; where people are known by name, and personal attention is the order of the day.

Why do families choose Flourish?

Once a family joins Flourish it’s hard to leave! Our ethos, whilst professional, is one of partnership, respect and family. We bond over bake off’s, dog shows, sports days, coffee mornings, craft afternoons – there is an enjoyment in ‘togetherness’ and that’s what makes us special. And yes, we are rated as Outstanding by Ofsted – as well as by our staff team, families, young people and our Local Authority partners.

Thinking of transferring?

Many of our fostering families choose to move to Flourish because they have become disillusioned by large, corporate fostering organisations who have stripped away training and support in the interest of profits.

Thinking of starting your career in fostering?

Those who are new to fostering are attracted to Flourish because we treat our families as professionals. From day one we provide our families with innovative and engaging training programmes, degree level qualifications and a clear path for promotion and career development.

Do you want to work for a small, innovative, forward thinking therapeutic fostering organisation?

  • Sector leading pay, benefits and career progression opportunities

  • Exceptional training will be provided that can lead to degree level qualifications

  • 24/7 support from a team of experienced social workers

  • Dedicated team of employed therapists led by our Clinical Director

  • A company with a warm, welcoming family feel

If you want to progress your career in therapeutic fostering then we would love to hear from you.

What makes Flourish different?

Flourish families benefit from 21 days paid respite, a range of additional allowances, thought provoking training programmes and qualifications, as well as having the support of a dedicated team of employed therapists lead by our Clinical Director.

  • Holiday allowance for each foster child

  • Summer holiday allowance

  • Clothing allowance for each foster child

  • School uniform allowance for each foster child

  • Festival allowance for each foster child

  • Birthday allowance

We operate an open door policy across our service and ensure our Flourish offices are a truly enjoyable and welcoming place to visit, learn, meet and socialise.

Meet our founders

Dr Mica Douglas

Clinical Director

A social worker and a highly regarded Psychotherapist who has worked in therapeutic fostering for over 20 years, Mica trains, supervises and supports our Foster Parents to manage the complexities of caring for children and young people who have suffered relational trauma. In 2020 Mica completed a doctorate in exploring therapeutic training and how this can elevate the skills of Foster Parents in achieving often remarkable results in fostering.

Mica’s findings from that research study plays a key role in informing the therapeutic work at Flourish Fostering. Her vast experience as a Social Worker, Manager and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist (for adults as well as for children and adolescents), gives Mica a unique combination of skills to lead Flourish.

“The fact that I have worked as a Social Worker and as a Psychotherapist for many years has given me a unique view of fostering, and my passion is in developing interesting training courses that genuinely leave people eager for the next instalment.”

Nicola Tunbridge


Nicola has worked in the independent fostering sector for over 25 years, most notably as an innovative and successful Managing Director. Having been both a Foster Parent and an entrepreneur, Nicola is passionate about the creation of a cutting edge and ‘stand out from the crowd’ fostering provision that truly makes a difference to Foster Parents and to children’s lives. A dedicated Therapeutic Practitioner, she trained at Family Futures Consortium and designed the highly praised ‘The Future is Orange’ course on childhood attachment.

“The support that the Flourish Fostering team provide means that our Foster Parents can get on with their job of looking after children and young people in their care, knowing that they are equally-valued members of the team; I’m here as a ‘hands-on’ Director, committed to ensuring that we provide our Foster Parents with a first-class experience.”

Take your first step to becoming a Foster Parent with Flourish today

If you’re interested in becoming a Foster Parent and would like to learn more, then we’d love to hear from you. Simply fill in the form below and one of our friendly team will be in touch.