Why did you become a foster carer and how long have you been fostering?
I have been a foster carer for five and a half years now. I became a foster carer because I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. I wanted to give them the life every child deserves where they feel safe, loved, cherished and are able to experience childhood as it should be.
What’s been your biggest challenge since you began fostering?
Living and working within the system isn’t easy for the children or foster parents so learning to navigate that has been a challenge sometimes.
What’s your favourite thing about fostering?
Honestly, it’s hard to pick one thing but looking back at how far the children have come over the past 5 years and what they have overcome, celebrating all their achievements and seeing them grow in confidence is definitely some of them! Watching them being able to form relationships and friendships with people they trust is also so rewarding.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a foster carer?
DO IT! It’s not always easy, but it’s ALWAYS worth it! Make sure you do it for the right reasons and with the right mindset. Children need people with stickability who are with them through all the ups and downs of life.