The motivation for fostering came from my life’s experiences.
I didn’t know anyone who had fostered before, but fostering was always something I wanted to do. I continually always thought about it.
I worked as a Speech and Language therapist with children, and I loved my job, especially helping and supporting children. However, there was always a longing to become more involved in a child’s life.
I am also a qualified Youth worker and have worked within a Pupil’s Referral Unit. My work in the unit was often with young people who were either in care or borderline being placed into care.
As a youth worker, I had an insight into these children and young people; some of them had not had an easy start in life. I also know that these children are very hard to place with foster carers, but I knew the difference I could make if I gave them 1:1 consistent support and care.
I knew there was only so much I could do for children at work, but I could do so much more if I became a foster carer. Thus, this was my motivation to apply to foster.
I had two spare bedrooms. After applying and being assessed, I was approved as a foster carer for 2 children with Caritas Care.
I am happy to foster siblings; however, my preference is to care for older siblings. I believe that keeping siblings together is a priority.
I am aware that there has to be a degree of flexibility with all children, and things often change. However, the one thing that will never change for me is the age range of children I will foster. For me, it will always be teenagers and young people.
My experience as a Youth worker and love for young people gives me confidence in my skills to help them. Also, I know taking teenagers on is a worry for many people. However, I know that it is often the last chance saloon for many older children and young people. Consequently, they need foster carers who recognise this and understand its importance for them.
Click here to read more about Karen’s fostering story…https://www.caritascare.org.uk/fostering/foster-carer-stories/
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Rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Special thanks to Verve Recruitment for their support in helping us find more foster carer for more children.