Geraldine and John
After having worked for social services for 25 years helping children and their families at times of need, John and I decided we would like to become part of changing the future and outcomes for some of those children. We decided to pursue our fostering dream, and then four years ago we were approved as foster carers by FosterCare UK, and with some careful help from their placements team a child joined our family.
When they arrived, we remember being so nervous but excited at the same time and couldn’t wait to make them feel at home. Our family were very supportive of our decision and have continued to include all the young people we have cared for as part of our family.
Since then, all our young people have been on therapeutic placements, and have been with us for various amounts of time. Our current placement has been with us for the longest so far and we really hope this continues for many more years.
Fostering was not what I expected it to be as it is more challenging than can ever be described. The challenges you face vary dramatically between each young person, but you do what you can along with the support of numerous professionals, training, and the support of other carers facing similar challenges. With this support our experience has grown and now feel able to support new foster carers who are taking their first steps on their foster care journey.
I still continue to work while John has now retired. We waited until our children had left home to start this process as we felt that was right for us. Our children still live locally which works great for our family, as our children and grandchildren are involved fully in our fostering family.
We would always recommend FosterCare UK as there is always someone at the end of a phone, the work they do with their amazing Multidisciplinary Assessment & Treatmentteam, and how they are always happy to listen to our training needs. FosterCare UK and our supervising social worker have been a tremendous support throughout our journey and continue to be.