I’m the idealist, Sam is the realist!
“I decided when I was 20 that I wanted to do something within fostering in the future and knew it was something that I felt passionate about.” explains our Amy. “My parents provided respite for disabled children since I was 10 so I was used to children from all sorts of families being at home and staying on a regular basis. I met my husband, Sam, in 2007 and chatted about it briefly, little did I know he was keen and up for the challenge. After university we started the application which was long, but necessary and gave me a huge insight to his upbringing and how he grew up. It makes us better foster parents coming from different backgrounds I’m the idealist and Sam is the realist!”
“We started the application when in 2011 when I was 24, we were approved August 2012 and I had my first placement at 25. I’m 31 this year and have a little experience but look forward to a future of fostering with more experience to gain and children to welcome to our family home.”
A child is never born wishing to be in the care system
“I grew up in a quiet village, went to a small village school and had a very sheltered and lucky upbringing compared to some of the children in care. I wanted to help, a child is never born wishing to be in the care system! There is a huge shortage of foster families and I could see what an impact my parents were having so I followed the same path.”
And baby makes 6!
“I had my 3 foster girls for 3 years before I had my daughter, and it has been the best thing for us all, my daughter has 3 big sisters and they have gained a little sister in whom they love and adore. It’s a very magical experience having a child of your own and to watch my 3 girls class her as another sister just makes it even better. I knew it was going to be busy with 4 girls but I never imagined they would all love each other as much as they do. It’s made the girls feel more part of the family having them at home first before having a baby and my daughter, who is now 2, doesn’t know life without her sisters.”
We’re all young
“We’re all close in age, so we all get on really well. I understand social media, fashion, and get on well with their friends. They’ve been known to borrow shoes and clothes and we’ve even taken our eldest clubbing for her birthday! There are exactly 10 years between myself and my eldest, the gap seems to be shrinking the older we get. I get on very well with my girls and they will always be a huge part of my family.”
Fostering’s a way of life
“I would recommend fostering to other people, but it’s not something to be taken lightly and is a life changing experience. I cannot imagine not fostering it’s not work, it’s a way of life and I love it. My family is big and I look forward to it expanding in years to come. “
So long as you are over 21 and have a spare bedroom for a foster child to call their own, age is no barrier to fostering and we really need to hear from you. As Amy rightly says, there is a huge shortage of foster carers and, sadly, the number of vulnerable children and young people needing the love, care and security of a foster home, increases year by year.
So why not pick up the phone and call us on 0800 389 0143 or get in touch on line. We’ll be with you all the way, supporting you, providing training tailored to your needs and ensuring everyone living in your household has a voice.