Faces of Fostering – Karen: Balancing work and fostering

Faces of Fostering – Karen: Balancing work and fostering

Karen says “Fostering and working is a good balance for us both.

I see myself fostering for a long time in my career. However, I will continue working and blending the two things together for as long as possible. It is hard balancing 2 part-time jobs and fostering; however, it is not impossible. When I am at work, it gives me a balance and a chance to focus on other things.

Naturally, my foster child takes priority; however, you have to take time for yourself and make yourself a priority too. At the moment, I am reducing my working hours to fit time for myself more. I now feel the balance I have with fostering and working with my foster child and me; it feels natural, and we merged together well.

Actually, we had no choice as recently we had to self-isolate together for two weeks after one of us had contact with someone positive with COVID. I’m thankful for Netflix and laptops because our self-isolation was more brutal than previous lockdowns.

My foster child had to miss school while her friends were still in. It’s not that she loves school, but we were getting to the end of the term and breaking up for the summer; subsequently, she can’t see some of her friends now until they go back in September.

Lockdown also plays havoc with family time, but that’s nothing that can’t be resolved with phone calls and WhatsApp. However, I have to say, she was wonderful. She didn’t let it get her down; she was understanding, and we just got on with it, as always.”

Karen

Click here to read more about Karen’s fostering story…

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