Work For Us

Family Care is a children’s’ charity and a registered voluntary adoption agency with a 130 year heritage in serving children and their families in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Family Care offer services primarily in the areas of adoption, bereavement and domestic abuse.



We are seeking new members to join our Board of Trustees who provide governance, leadership and strategic direction to the charity, and ensure it continues to meet its aims and objectives.

Trustees are vital to the success of Family Care. They are responsible for controlling the management and administration of the organisation to ensure it is run effectively, efficiently and within legal and regulatory requirements.

Family Care positively shapes children’s futures through its adoption services and emotional support to children and young people. Could you work with the team of Trustees to ensure Family Care’s future vision is planned and achieved?

As a Trustee you would also have a role as a guardian of Family Care assets taking due care over their security, deployment and proper allocation.  We are particularly keen to hear from those who have specialist knowledge and experience in HR.

We are seeking someone who can bring their skills and experience to the Board in a stimulating, well-rounded and carefully considered way to achieve strategic decision-making.

An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship will be particularly beneficial, together with good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.

Good communication and interpersonal skills, balanced with a willingness to challenge and constructively criticise in order to further the aims of the charity are particularly welcome.

The Board meets at least four times a year and a further four meetings a year are also held by the Finance sub-committee. Trustees are expected to attend the majority, if not all of these meetings which are usually held in the day time/early evening at our premises in Nottingham, and attend additional training and development days as required (usually one per year).

To find out more please contact us on 0115 9603010.




Panel Members

Recruitment for new members of our Adoption Panel is ongoing. As a Panel Member, you will contribute to making the decision as to whether prospective adopters will be approved as adopters. You will need to have good communication skills, the ability to read and interpret formal documents (the Prospective Adopters Report) and have a thorough understanding of adoption and the issues surrounding it.

It is important that Panel Members are people with personal experience of adoption. You could be an adopter, an adopted adult, a birth parent or a professional who has worked with looked after children. We look to create a diverse Panel and encourage adults of all ages, ethnicities, lifestyles and experiences to apply.

This is a voluntary role. Panel sits monthly for approximately half a day but members do not need to attend all twelve meetings. The number of meetings applicants can commit to will be discussed at the recruitment stage, which will include an interview, request for references and DBS check. Training and an induction programme will be given to all new Panel Members.

If you are interested in becoming a Panel Member or would like to find out more, contact Helen Standley (Panel Advisor) at