‘The difference Team Fostering made’
An account from Thomas, who was looked after by Team Fostering carers in the North East
My carers, Helen and Neil, welcomed me straight away as part of their family.
While I was with them, Team Fostering 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.
Helen and Neil got me my first 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.
They really 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! My year in Shanghai was amazing and I knew Helen and Neil were always at the end of the phone, even though I’d left their care as foster carers. If I needed help I only had to ask.
I’m now living in Wales, completing a Chinese Studies degree. I still ring them about once a week.
They always said I was part of their family, and they are part of mine. I feel lucky to have them.