Somerset Foster Carer Celebrates Book Launch

A Somerset County Council foster carer is starting 2018 as a published author, with the launch of her inspirational memoir.

Louise Allen, who was herself a child in care in the 1970s, writes about her harrowing childhood and why it led her to foster caring.

After overcoming cruelty, terrible neglect and lack of education, Louise found sanctuary in her love of art. She has enjoyed a successful career in art and academia, gained two post-graduate qualifications, and launched her new book ‘Thrown Away Child’ on Thursday 28 December at the ‘Chard Bookshop’.

Due to her own traumatic experience in foster care, Louise is an ardent champion of quality foster caring today and improving outcomes for young people. Louise transferred from a private fostering agency, to foster with Somerset County Council and very much enjoys her role.

“I am passionate about providing dedicated foster care for children ‘looked after’ in Somerset and supporting their education. It is vital to help children in care achieve their potential and I find my part in that hugely rewarding. I urge anyone who is considering fostering to get in touch with Somerset County Council, as your efforts will make a huge difference to children’s lives”.

The book launch coincides with the start of Louise’s new campaign, ‘Looking After ‘Looked After’ Children’. Louise firmly believes that there is hope for all children who have been abused, and that a damaged childhood need not define you as an adult; if you receive the right care and encouragement.

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “On behalf of the fostering team at Somerset County Council, I congratulate Louise on her success. We are very proud to have her as one of our foster carers and she is an ambassador for the excellent work they do.”

“We are so grateful to the foster carers we have, but we always need more. If you are over 21 with a spare room and a genuine want to make a difference to a child’s life, contact us and find out what Somerset County Council can offer”.

If you are interested in fostering, you can find out more by calling the team on 0800 587 9900 or visit