Faces of Fostering – Gaynor on foster family dynamics

Faces of Fostering – Gaynor on foster family dynamics

Foster care changes the dynamics of your own family.

When we became foster carers, our youngest son Cameron was only 7 years old, and he settled into it really well. Cameron appeared to work better with teenagers at the beginning of our fostering career, especially girls, as he has an older sister.

Cameron is older now. We find that he works better now with younger children, especially the two young girls we have with us on a long-term placement. He adores them, and they adore him.

We wanted to include our family in fostering whilst the children were younger because we knew it would shape them to become better people themselves. Our eldest daughter is now a teacher and is considering adopting a child in the future; this decision is based on her own fostering experiences as a family.

We are a very close family; we never leave the house without saying, I love you and it is the last words we say on every phone call to each other. We have now been living together in the family home throughout the pandemic. We never leave the house on an argument. We all understand that, yes, we can have cranky moods, but no matter what, we love each other.

Our house has teenagers in it, and yes, teenagers can be moody. Our eldest foster child is 11 years of age and starting High school soon, and her sister is nine; therefore, we respect that things will be different for them at every stage of their lives. However, we display our love for them unequivocally, regardless of what stage they are in.

Click here to enquire about fostering with Caritas Care

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Special thanks to Verve Recruitment for their support in helping us find more foster carer for more children.

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