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Carer stories

There’s no such thing as a typical carer. Everyone is different and we have no restrictions on ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion.

You can foster if you have other children (never underestimate your natural skills as a mum or dad). You can foster if you have pets. You can foster if you’ve never had children. And you can foster more than one child – it’s your childcare skills, your approach to life and your personality that really makes the difference.

Changing lives together isn’t so much about what you have or don’t have. It’s about what you’re prepared to share. But don’t forget, you do need a spare room!

If you’d like to find out more about the realities of fostering, read the first-hand experiences of some of our current carers.

Andi

Our journey with Reece It was a day we would never forget, driving home from Nottingham after being approved as foster carers at our Panel meeting. We were on cloud nine, excited to get home to that chilled bottle of champagne in the fridge to celebrate our new vocation. A call came through from Fostering...

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Carol and John

Carol and John

Carol has always been drawn to social work, as she explains “I have a cousin who is deaf and this made me more socially aware as a young person. I remember talking to the careers advisor at school about wanting to do social work, but it was a very different time we lived in then...

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Lisa and Martin

Lisa and Martin are experienced foster carers who fostered with an independent fostering agency for 2 years prior to joining Fostering People. Lisa recalls “The agency offered very few and infrequent placements and the few that they did offer were wholly unsuitable and appeared to lack any evidence of matching. For example, we have numerous...

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Mel and Kevin

We have 2 separate placements. A 16 year old female who likes her own space in her room or spending time with her boyfriend and a 12 year old boy who joined us 6 weeks later who thrives on being in the hub of the family and being involved in every activity.  With them both...

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Julie and Phil

“We were going to foster many years ago but chose to do it now as we felt we had a lot to offer and many years left to offer it. The house is free, empty and it needed a family” Julie says.  Julie and Phil’s children are adults and now form part of their support...

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Steve and Sandra

We became foster carers because we wanted to give a child or a young person an opportunity to be a part of our family and with our life experiences sensed we could offer a secure and consistent environment to enable a young person to thrive. Our fostering experience can only be described as rewarding. Although...

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Julie and Mark

We have been fostering for around 8 years now and have looked after children of all ages. Before we began fostering we had a plan to look after younger children. As we were new to fostering we felt this would be easier as we were a little anxious as to whether we would cope with...

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Sumera

“Initially we were a nervous wreck, not knowing what to expect. We settled in quite comfortably due to the support and guidance we were given by our social worker and the team at Fostering People. Not every day was easy, and it required hard work, from courses to attend to personal time management, but we...

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Pat

Pat

Pat has been fostering with Fostering People since 2015. Pat has worked with children for 40 years, most recently as a social work, working in education.  But Pat wanted a change of direction and saw an advert for the Fostering People information evening.  She knew that Fostering People were a new agency in Scotland and...

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Jan and Dave

We became foster carers in November 2012. Our Panel was so nerve wrecking, because we really wanted to become carers, so we were delighted when we passed. We were introduced to our supervising social worker, Cath. She was lovely and soon made us feel at ease. When we became a foster carets we started to...

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Julia and Mark

Julia and Mark were approved as foster carers in December 2003. Their fostering journey began with Daniel; to say they opened their hearts to Daniel is an understatement. Daniel is diagnosed with a life limiting disability and requires high levels of care and close supervision at all times. As a young family at the time...

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Liz and Tom

“My husband and I thought about fostering for a long time before I decided to apply, being busy bring up our own children, I thought I’d left it too late, but was happy to discover there is no upper age limit when fostering. Just like many people, I had a really clear view of the...

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Emma and Mike

We enquired with Fostering People in August 2015. We were interested in Fostering as we wanted to help to give back. I also realised that my own previous life experiences could be put to good use to help children and young people. We decided on Fostering People following a recommendation from our close friends who...

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Damian and Rob

“It took years to pick up the courage to apply to foster, I was just too afraid of what society would think” Damian and Rob have recently been approved as foster carers with Fostering People. As a gay couple they have shared their thoughts with us as to why they wanted to foster and their...

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Julie and Walter

“We don’t feel lost in a big system” Julie & Walter became foster carers with Fostering People on 27th August 2013 and did not wait long before a 6-year-old boy was placed with them on 13th September 2013. “The little boy we are fostering is thriving. He came to us after a string of placement...

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Julie and Steve

“Fostering is like a roller coaster, but there are always many more ups than downs.” Since joining Fostering People in 2008, Julie and Steve have experienced the full range of joys and challenges that fostering brings. Julie explains: “I used to be a childminder and loved having children around the house. Whilst childminding, I attended...

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Victoria and Marc

“We’d recommend fostering to anyone.” Victoria and Marc have really embraced fostering and all that goes with it. Victoria had spent over 18 years as a teacher, working in a special needs and behavioural unit. This was invaluable experience and gave her a wealth of skills for fostering. Victoria explains: “I have always been very...

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Tracy and Ian

“It isn’t really a job to us at all.” In a fostering career stretching back seventeen years, Tracy and Ian have looked after eleven young people – most of whom have been placed with them long term. Tracy recalls: “I always wanted a large family, having come from one myself, and had my heart set...

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Sandra and Steven

“We feel we’re doing something really worthwhile.” Sandra and Steven became foster carers just a year ago. “I have three grown-up sons from a previous relationship, but Steven has no children of his own. We have a three-year-old grandson and Steven is just wonderful with him. It made me realise we still had so much...

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Julie and Lloyd

“I never feel like just another foster carer, I always feel valued.” “We fostered for two years before joining Fostering People,” explains Julie, “and made the move because of our own son. He was only two when we started but, as he grew older, we were worried about the influence teenagers would have on him....

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Julie

“The support I received from my social worker and the team was invaluable.” Julie has spent her working life in social care. “I’d been working as a manager for a number of years, spending more and more time on call, working long hours and becoming disillusioned. I wanted to do something different.” “I started to...

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John and Yvonne

“Fostering gives both of us total job satisfaction.” After fostering for five years, Yvonne remembered the day they were approved as foster carers. “We didn’t have time to catch our breath. We came out of our panel, were given a tour of the office and introduced to all the staff including the placements team. During...

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Dennis and Linda

“There’s no better reward than a child’s trust.” With five birth children and ten grandchildren, Dennis and Linda had always been used to having lots of children around and, once their own children had left home, fostering felt like the next natural step. They started fostering three years ago and their fostering career has kept...

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Debra and Robert

“Fostering gives you 100% job satisfaction.” Debra and Robert weren’t new to fostering, having looked after their nephew when Debra’s sister experienced difficulties. The couple cared for him through the local authority’s Friends and Family fostering scheme until he became independent. After he left home, Debra found the house too quiet and longed for young...

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