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Published on: 2018-06-01 09:00:00
What is your name and how long have you been fostering?
My name is Mary and I have been fostering since 2014.
My fostering experience has included outreach carer and short-term fostering.
What did you do before you became a Foster Carer?
My previous job before fostering was as a qualified Social Worker for older people and adults with disabilities.
How long have you been involved in Nexus 360?
My current placement of 5 weeks is my first Nexus 360 programme.
What do you think Nexus 360 can do for a young person?
Nexus 360 can provide regular short-term breaks for a young person from their usual routines at home. It can help enrich the life of a young person on a short term basis and improve their overall quality of life.
The young person’s voicing experience in foster care should be taken into account, and their feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
How have you been supported as a Nexus 360 Foster Carer?
Nexus 360 has enabled me to plan regular respite breaks from the placement to attend to urgent family commitments and personal matters. It has also given me a period of respite break from daily challenges and pressures around caring for a young person with their own special requirements and needs.
Have you had any specialist training?
I have received regular therapy sessions with an experienced therapist, which has helped with particularly challenging behavioural issues and putting plans in place to support my young person.
I have particularly benefited from using a ‘visual story letter’ recommended by the therapist, which helped in preparing and reassuring my young person for respite.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a Foster Carer to help young people, including those on the Nexus 360 programme?
Fostering has given me a chance to make a real difference in the lives of a young person. Fostering has been the hardest thing I have ever done and continue to do. It is a job that has required a great deal of sacrifice from my own family and friends and it often leaves you exhausted and drained.
However the rewards are enormous; teaching a young person to use a swing or have confidence in riding a bike, helping them to feel safe and wanted with a hug and listening ear. For me it is like a ‘calling’ to care for a child who needs a family and love.