‘We were given quite a few referrals for children as there is a huge demand for foster carers; some of the children we couldn’t take mainly because of schools. It would be impossible to take 2 children to different schools and other foster children who may be schooled further away.’
‘Logistically, it would not be possible; we need to fit everything in and around our children’s and family needs.’
‘We also knew that the baby would be leaving us in 3 months when we took our young lady in back in March. When we first found out about her, we knew that she was right for us, and we were right for her.’
‘We matched well, and even though there would be a crossover, Andrew and I were at home together because I was still on maternity leave.’ ‘We work well together, and it was important to us. This young lady was a long-term placement for our family, and we knew that we could make a difference in her life.’
‘The experience of having all the children together during a pandemic gave us both a real feel for fostering. Especially when our young man who we provide respite care came to stay with us for two weeks while his family was isolated because of COVID!’
Andrew said, “Wow, we soon found out the adjustments we had to make and what life would be like as foster parents.”
However, Andrew and Sarah’s main priority is that the foster children match their family; they have a birth son who is 2 two years old; he is their main priority. Sarah said, ‘We have to make sure that our birth son is happy; after all, we can’t take a child who would maybe take his toys from him. That would be wrong; we have to consider his needs in every decision we make.
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Rated Outstanding by Ofsted.