How long have you been fostering, and how long have you been with Nexus Fostering?
My name is Lorraine and I have been fostering for 8 months.
Why did you choose to foster with Nexus Fostering?
I had seen them around the local area and liked them when they came to visit me. The support I was offered was what I was looking for.
What do you think are the benefits of fostering, for you and for the young person?
For myself it allows me to ‘give something’ to a child that hasn’t had it so good. It satisfies my soul/heart. For the child it offers stability, a caring home, love and routine.
What were the main challenges in the placements you have had?
My youngest placement was hitting out, spitting and was almost non-verbal. This took patience and time to change.
What did you find most rewarding?
Seeing my two children progress in speech, manners and basic social skills. Also hearing them laughing and telling me they love me.
What is your fondest memory from one of your placements?
There are two:
The first time the little girl said, “I love you” and then when the boy said I was like his “other mum”.
How have Nexus Fostering supported you in your fostering journey, in particular with any challenges that came from your placements.
My Supervising Social Worker visits regularly and talks me through all the challenges and day to day issues.
If you’re a part of a fostering family, how did your family / children find bringing a foster child into their home?
My children don’t live at home, though they visit regularly and have welcomed my foster children. My foster children love to see and spend time with me birth children.
If you could describe fostering in 3 words, what would they be?
Satisfying, rewarding, hard.
What is the main message you would like to get across to someone who is learning about fostering for the first time?
Go for it! The most rewarding thing I have ever done. Sometimes it is hard work but definitely worth it.
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