The Team

Karen Daley

I am the Operations Manager / Registered Manager for HOPE Fostering and have worked here at HOPE since September 2018. In this role, I have overall responsibility for the performance of the Agency, including ensuring successful outcomes for the children and young people living with HOPE’s foster carers and ensuring those foster carers receive consistent, high quality support from the team here at the office.

I hold an MSc in Management and Leadership and BA (Hons) in Social Work and registered as a social worker with Social Work England. I have worked in the field of LAC including residential, fostering and adoption for the past 19 years and have managed teams for the past 9 years.

I have been a Panel Adviser for an Adoption Panel and have vast experience of recruiting, assessing and supporting foster carers and adopters. I am qualified In Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and have a therapeutic understanding of PACE parenting which is important in parenting and caring for children and young people that have experienced early life trauma, neglect and abuse.

I am an adult adoptee and have my own personal journey of fostering and adoption. I am a mother and value the importance of supporting children to reach their individual potential, looking for their strengths. I enjoy meditation, reading and yoga and relaxing at home with family.

Poppy Bishop SSW

I am the supervising social worker for Hope. I have worked at Hope Fostering Services since April 2019. previously I was with a Local Authority from 2017 in a Child Protection Team supporting children and young people on Child in Need Plans, child protection through too Looked After Children including court work. I’m experienced in Signs of Safety and utilising a holistic approach in my practice. I’m currently undertaking the Practice Education 1 course at the University of Lincoln.

Amanda Danisa

My name is Amanda. I’m the Social Work Administrator for Hope Fostering. I started with the agency in September 2021, working towards a Business Administration certificate. My role is mainly clerical, supporting our great team with any documentation, audits and communication with carers and local authorities. You’ll likely see me taking notes during our Foster Carer groups or receive a call from me inviting you to a variety of fun events we like to organise for our young people. I studied Criminology and Psychology in university, which gave me a great insight into the behaviours and environments that contribute to childhood trauma. I believe it’s important to have insight into this in any role within child protection.

Sandra Harvey

My role is senior administrator and I joined Hope Fostering in August 2011. I am fully qualified in Business Administration and have previously worked as a PA to managing directors of an international company.

HOPE has provided me with the perfect opportunity to further my administrative skills and is a successful and growing company that is great to be a part of. I have also been able to extend my learning by undertaking training in areas such as Understanding children and Young peoples mental health.

I live locally, and enjoy travel, volunteering and learning new experiences.

Sharon Gray

My name is Sharon,  I am the recruitment and family finding officer at Hope. I joined Hope in December 2020. I have over 6 years of experience as a Placement officer. My recruitment role at Hope is to recruit foster carers, go out to visit potential new carers and then complete stage 1 checks and references. My placement role is to read daily through children’s referrals and to liaison with Local Authorities, social workers and carers and identifying positive matches between carers and children needing homes.  Before joining Fostering I worked as a secondary teacher. I studied my PGCE at Nottingham Trent University and before that I graduated from The University of Nottingham with Bsc Nutrition.

Jo Burton

Before completing my MA in Social work I was employed within a school, for 10 years, following the successful completion of a BTec in Childhood studies (1996) and during this time I completed a FdA in Education and Learning (2006) and BA Hons Education Studies (2007).  I then completed by MA Social work in 2009 and gained employment in Derbyshire County Council following the ending of my placement.  I worked in a frontline assessment and long-term team before moving to Nottinghamshire County Council in a long-term child protection team in 2013.  I then moved to the Court team within NCC from 2016-2018 where I completed all court assessments to make recommendations to the court in respect of if a child should return home, remain in foster care or be placed long-term with family members or adoption was the only route appropriate.  I also spent sometime within CAFCASS during the court team and also worked on a project with the police in respect of gun and drug related violence and how this impacted upon children during this period.  I then became a team manager in a long-term child protection team where I was able to implement positive structures to ensure that the children the team with received a positive experience of social care involvement and outcomes where in the best interest of the child.  I decided to grasp the challenge of a new avenue of social work by securing a position within fostering at Hope and am looking forward to this. 

Bridgette Cussens

My name is Bridgette,  I am the senior supervising social worker for Hope Fostering. I have gained experience in many different areas in respect of children.  I am extremely child focused and work towards gaining the best outcomes for them. Prior to being a social worker I was a foster carer so I fully understand all the challenges foster carers face.

Milan Daley-McCrea

Hi my name is Milan, I joined Hope full time in 2021 as part of the admin team. I have worked at Hope before on a part-time basis whilst studying at Liverpool university. I have 6 GCSE A*-C including Maths and English. BTEC Level 3 Sports Science and since joining Hope I have completed training in Safeguarding, Communication Skills in Social Care, Paediatric First Aid and Equality and Diversity.