Becoming a foster carer isn’t just going to impact on your own life, but that of the people around you.

This impact can be extremely positive.

Most of our foster families will tell you that looking after children has been a privilege and that they and their families have got just as much out of the experience as they put in. Foster caring has enhanced their lives.

But don’t just take our word for it: take Marlie’s.

Marlie is 13 years old and has two birth siblings and two foster siblings. In her own words Marlie tells us ‘What Fostering Means to me…’

Case Studies

I can’t explain it. I can’t express how much I love being a foster carer. I love doing the school run. I give my foaster child a hug and see her run off. I missed that with my own kids so I guess Fostering is helping me put my Building Blocks back too. But there are dark times. It’s not all rosey rosey. But with Caritas Care there’s always someone to help, someone to talk to and you get so much from being a foster carer. My own son was a bit of a jack-the-lad, expelled from his school. But we always believed in him. He’s 22 now with a good job and every morning he still leaves the house and says ‘I love you Dad’. At 22! That’s what we hope we can do for our foster children. That’s how we look at it.