Hi, my name is Sarah Naish, Director at TRUE.
I’m an international best-selling author and key-note speaker in therapeutic parenting. I have Adopted 5 children and am a former foster parent as well as the founder of The National Association of Therapeutic Parents, which now has over 10,000 members and provides a hub of information and support to carers of traumatised children.
Sarah is widely recognised as a trailblazer in the field of therapeutic parenting.
Hi, my name is Sarah Dillon, Attachment Therapist at TRUE
I run the support groups and provide 1:1 consultations to Foster Parents and achieve ground-breaking outcomes for children. I am a best-selling author in child trauma and a therapeutic parenting Key-note speaker. I am a former fostered child, and Therapeutic Lead for the NATP.
Hi, I’m Alison Douglas and I have been appointed Director of Operations at TRUE Fostering.
First of all, I want to let you know I am a therapeutic parent and an adopter of two boys (now men – how did that happen?!). In 2020 Sarah Naish and I set up Safer Fostering CIC in Wales with the same model of care that we know works in TRUE.
I have been working alongside Sarah and Gareth for the last few months and now I am really excited to become a permanent fixture at TRUE
Hi , my name is Gareth Griffiths and I have joined TRUE in the role of Registered Manager. I have been working with both Sarah Naish and Sarah Dillon for several years and am passionate about Therapeutic Parenting, so this really is the dream job for me! and I’m very proud of our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Rating.
I have worked in fostering for over 18yrs and specialised in developing agencies in various ways for example Therapeutic Parenting , Parent and Child fostering and most importantly recruiting foster parents, as without you we would not be able to support the children and young people in the way that we do.
Lead Empathic Listener
Hi, I’m Jane Mitchell, the Lead Empathic Listener for TRUE working closely with the Therapeutic Team. My main role in TRUE is to provide support and a safe place for foster parents to talk through their successes, fears, frustrations, or anything else. I work closely with the SSW and CSW of families and together we form a supportive team around the family. I am the Director of Family Stability at NATP, and I develop resources and training as well as being an author. I have an adopted daughter with complex needs therefore I experience of the many issue’s parents can face. I am especially skilled at helping parents of children showing very challenging behaviours to understand and create new strategies and narratives to help manage these.
I’ve been working in fostering since 2013 and over that time and have acquired a keen interest in therapeutic parenting and supporting foster parents to deliver this within their care of children and young people.
I recently started as Team Manager and have become progressively more invested in their ethos, so I’m really enthusiastic to have come on board.
I have a young daughter of my own and in my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym and am a keen Friends and Harry Potter fan!
Therapeutic Social Worker for West Midlands
Hi Everyone, my name is Helen, and I am the supervising social worker for the West Midlands region.
I became a qualified social worker in 2016 and I have experience of working in children’s social care for a local authority and in the private sector. I have a degree in Psychology and a master’s in Social Work.
I have previously worked as a child protection social worker and have also worked as an SSW for another fostering agency.
I am very excited to be working for TRUE as I am keen to further develop my knowledge and skills in Therapeutic Parenting.
Aside from work, I enjoy going for walks, reading, watching true crime documentaries, and listening to podcasts.
Therapeutic Social Worker for the East Midlands
Hi, My name is Helen
I am excited about joining True, I have previously worked in fostering as a supervising Social Worker for 18 years and have developed knowledge and skills in terms of therapeutic parenting over the years and seeing the difference that this approach has in terms of children and young people and how foster parents can empower young people to reach their full potential. I am excited to be joining True and making a difference to children, young people and supporting foster parents on this journey and feel passionately about this.
When I am not at work I enjoy walking, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
Therapeutic Social Worker (West Mids /South West)
I have been a social worker since 2015 and have worked in three teams as a Children’s Social Worker, including child protection, children who have additional needs and disabilities, and with children on their journey through care.
I have developed a passion and commitment to understanding developmental trauma and therapeutic parenting and can see that children need the gift of understanding their own stories. I feel privileged to be working with a fantastic team of staff and Foster Parents around our children within True Fostering.
In my home life, I have a sporty teenage boy and as a family we like to have picnics, go on long walks and roadtrips to the beach. I can often be found with a paintbrush in hand and singing to pop songs! I am trying my hand at growing flowers and veg in the garden.
Therapeutic Social Worker (South West)
I qualified as a social worker in 2013 and I have been a child social worker working with children from the point of ICO to adoption/long-term fostering. I changed to become a Supervising Social Worker in 2018 as I wanted to support the foster parents as I recognised they are the ones who make the biggest impact on caring for children with trauma. I first learnt about DDP, PACE and therapeutic parenting in 2020 and I became passionate about this approach when I saw the positive impact it had. I leapt at the chance to join TRUE fostering in February 2023 as they imbed therapeutic parenting and support in their practice.
Apart from work, I love being out in the countryside in the sunshine, dog walking, swimming and experimenting in the kitchen.
Senior Child Support Worker
Hi, I’m Donna Muggridge and I have been working for TRUE Fostering as a Child Support Worker in the East Midlands since December 2019.
I enjoy working for TRUE supporting the families, spending time with the children and being part of a therapeutic team, which feels like a family to make a difference in helping young people’s lives.
I have been working in childcare for around 20 years and have lots of experience in different settings with children with various needs. I have experience of using therapeutic strategies when looking after children that have experienced trauma and have completed several training courses to add to my skills and knowledge.
I live in Nottinghamshire with my husband and daughter and we enjoy walks in the countryside with our 2 cocker spaniels.
Child Support Worker
Hi, my name is Amy Vere and I joined TRUE as a Child Support Worker for the West Midlands region in January 2021.
I really enjoy my job because I get to go out and do fun activities with the children and young people. I also help to arrange family days and events for the region to get everyone together and share new ideas for the running of the agency.
In my spare time I really enjoy walking my two dogs, going for bike rides, getting stuck into a good television series and catching up with friends.
Child Support Worker
Hi, my name is Sharon Hyatt and I am the Child Support Worker for TRUE Fostering in the South West. I have worked with children of all ages and those with additional needs in childcare settings and in ‘out of school’ clubs. I have 2 grown up children one of whom displayed trauma-based behaviour. I was adopted when I was young. I love to do gardening and explore the beautiful area that I live in.
I have worked in fostering since 2016, firstly with a large independent fostering agency, and I then made the switch in 2020, as I believe Therapeutic Parenting is the best way to help our traumatised children.
As well as having a team ethos, the agency also has a family feel, where the fostering families are at the forefront of our amazing team. It’s like being part of a massive friendly family.
I have always had a passion for helping people, running my own playgroup for 7 years and then moving on to work in a dementia care home.
I am the administrator for TRUE. I’m the first point of contact and responsible for administrative duties for the agency.
In my spare time I like taking long walks in the countryside, reading and have many reptiles that I love to care for.