‘The difference Team Fostering made’
An account from Thomas, who was looked after by Team Fostering carers in the North East
When I was placed with Helen and Neil, my carers at Team Fostering, they welcomed me straight away as part of their family.
While I was with them, the agency became like my extended family. The other foster carers and social workers were like my aunts and uncles, and the other kids were like friends, a little bit like cousins. We would see each other at Team’s parties and activities.
While I was in their care, Helen and Neil got me my first ever passport. With them I was able to visit Italy and Paris. They even put up with my obsession with Lady Gaga!
With them, I discovered who I am and what I can achieve. They really helped me when I came out, and they really helped me to dream big.
Helen and Neil pushed me to work hard at college and it was so worth it.
A holiday in Hong Kong cemented my dream of studying in Shanghai. Without their support it wouldn’t have been possible, but I made it to China!
I ended up taking a year of studying in Shanghai after I left Helen and Neil’s care. It was amazing and even though I was no longer placed with them, I knew Helen and Neil were always at the end of the phone. If I needed help I only had to ask.
I’m now living in Wales, completing a Chinese Studies degree. I still ring Helen and Neil once a week.
They always said I was part of their family, even after I left their care as foster carers, and they will always be part of mine. I feel lucky to have them.