'If you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer, don't be put off by what others might say - if you think you can do it - go for it - you won't be alone and TEAM would be there to support. It's a life choice that isn't always easy - but is by far the most satisfying thing we as a couple have ever done - and we get to do it together. It isn't a job - it's a life choice and to know you are having such a positive impact on the children and young people that you look after is the best reward you can have.
Our favourite thing about TEAM is the support we get when we need it from our supervising social worker or another social worker who we will have met if it's out of hours. They are experienced and have great credibility because they know children and what we need even when we don't know ourselves.
In our professional roles before fostering, we had come into contact with children in need and looked after children. We saw parents in really challenging circumstances whose children were vulnerable. We knew that we had always had great backup from family and friends and not every parent has that support. Now, we care for children who without their mum had no-one and we get to spend time with the most amazing children. They love us and we love them, it's a ‘win win’ for everyone. There are tough times but we know why so we deal with it together and move on.
We chose TEAM and would encourage others to do so because it’s an independent Not-For-Profit Fostering Agency who genuinely put children first, and that isn't the same everywhere.'