Ashleigh is the birth daughter of one of our foster carers in Wymondham. Here, she shares with us how she feels as part of a fostering family and what it means to her.
Being part of a foster family is like going on a summer holiday. You are excited when your journey begins. Once your destination arrives (the placement), you are eager to see what the future holds.
You create some amazing memories, but as expected, there is always one bad day of weather. Despite this, the holiday is not ruined, because the good days and memories created, totally outweigh the bad.
All I am trying to say is, yes, being a foster family, you do face a few bumps. You also create many memories along the way, and these memories are what carry you through every day.
Our family has been extended, and extended for the better. I do not see Jake as a placement, I see him as a brother and I cannot imagine our family without him. Some days are tougher than others. Nonetheless, with the support from Nexus Fostering, who help us understand why certain behaviours occur, those tougher days become easier.
Being able to welcome someone into our family, is an honour.
Being able to put a smile on someone’s face every day, is an honour.
Being able to provide somebody with the life they deserve, is an honour.
Being able to be part of a foster family, is an honour.