“Until 8 years ago we were both working full time. We always knew we wanted to help children through fostering and after a bereavement in the family it just felt like the right time, we thought, ‘You can’t sit around waiting forever for the right time, you just need to go for it!’.
My mum fostered for over 20 years, and growing up I saw the huge impact she made to the lives of the children she looked after.
Our first experience of fostering was an emergency baby placement. We received a call on a Friday and that evening a 2-week-old baby arrived. It was really lovely looking after him and honestly, it was hard to say goodbye after a few weeks!
Initially, we wanted to be short-term carers to help as many children as possible but when the 4 siblings came it made sense to look after them long term as they were unlikely to be adopted together. Annie and I are now both full-time carers and the siblings; 2 boys and 2 girls, have been with us 8 years. The positive moments can be the little things.
One of our little ones is autistic and sometimes he says the most profound things to us and that’s amazing as 5 years ago we started to learn sign language with him as he wouldn’t communicate.