“I started working as a panel member on a children’s panel and within my role, I would come into contact with children in care that, at times, were suffering from neglect and lack of care.
Seeing those same children a few months down the line after having gone into foster care and seeing the tremendous visible change within such a short period, made an impact on me.
Triggering the thought “I could do that”, it made me think that I would love to foster, even if I could only make a difference to one child’s life, then I would have done something worthwhile and that was my main reason for fostering, to make a make an impact on vulnerable children’s lives.
Within days of being approved, we had our first placement which was an emergency placement that was meant to last for a weekend. This was then extended for another week due to placement breakdown which sometimes happens. After which point we were asked if we could care for the child fulltime as it was such a good fit for our family. The child ended up staying for two and a half years until he moved into independence.
Our fostering experience since then has been mainly a positive one, we’ve had four children in our care since we started fostering and I have to say that the pros far outweigh away the cons.
As we didn’t have children of our own we had to completely re-shift the way we lived our life. As with any new parent, it might come as a bit of culture shock as you no longer have the freedom to come and go as you please. You find yourself jumping on trampolines, playing crazy golf and go-karting, which was not the kind of things I was doing in my spare time prior to becoming a foster carer, but I found myself really enjoying those moments with our foster children.