"Fostering is very different to anything I have done before. It is something that I had considered previously but I found it hard to give up on my career as a Customer Service Manager and embark on something so different. When I got made redundant for the second time, I decided to go for it!"
Although people who knew me well said I would be a great foster carer, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it, that I’d made a mistake or that I wouldn’t enjoy the changes to my life. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As soon as Holly* came to live with us I enjoyed the challenges and the good times, spending time helping her, playing with her and getting to know her. It has enabled me to enjoy having more time with my own family (which now includes a new-born grandson) and spending more time at home.
I am so pleased that we waited for the right match for our family, as we really enjoy having Holly as part of our it. I realise now how important it is to have a good support network around you so that you can still have some time for yourself, as fostering is a 24/7 job.
I have met some of the nicest people ever at Team Fostering. It is a pleasure to work with them and have them in my life. The staff are very supportive, knowledgeable and available when you need them, and the other foster carers are amazing. The training is fantastic, and I actually wish that I’d had some of the knowledge I’ve gained recently back when my own children were young!’
*names amended for confidentiality purposes