My name is Katie and l am a care leaver! Since the age of four, I am fortunate to have been placed, and remain, with only one long-term Foster Carer. However, when I explain this to people, many assume it’s been an easy journey. It’s certainly not been easy, nor has it been perfect. But living with any family isn’t perfect, and that’s what family life is all about! It’s important to have people there to support you, to inspire you, but furthermore to discipline you, and tell you right from wrong!
6 reasons we love fostering teenagers
Teenagers often get bad press and regarded as disruptive and difficult. In this week’s blog we talk to some of our foster carers who enjoy the challenge of fostering teenagers and all the positives that come with it.
Teenagers are fun!
We have so much fun with our foster son. Whether it’s going to the cinema, walks with the dog, or just chatting around the table having dinner, we laugh together all the time. Lydia and James
This week we chat to James and Lydia about their experiences as foster carers and how James's employer AMEX have supported him through the fostering assessment process and beyond.
James and Lydia have been fostering since June 2016 with us at Brighton and Hove City Council.
What made you want to be foster carers?
James: Lydia and I both lived in busy households growing up and we both wanted to provide a safe haven for children going through difficult experiences.
This week we spoke to Sarah and Matt who have their own son and daughter, have been fostering for 13 years and have fostered over 20 children over the years.
What makes this family even more extraordinary is that Sarah and Matt foster a brother and sister and their other sister is fostered by Matt’s mother in the house next door.
We've been chatting to our foster carers to get their view on the key things to consider if you're interested in fostering.
Do you love children?
As a foster carer, you’ll need to love spending time with children and also understand and be interested in child behaviour. You might have a child with emotional or behavioural challenges and so you’ll need to be prepared to support them during difficult times.
Is the time right?