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Spring is in the Air!

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Spring is in the Air!

Spring is approaching, and I’ve begun to notice subtle shifts in the past week that signal its arrival. I don’t know about you, but it has felt as though winter overstayed its welcome with its long, dark nights and chilly mornings. The unrelenting rain and wind are finally starting to relent.

I’ve observed the nights gradually growing lighter, with the night sky showcasing a marvellous shade of red as I drive home. This weekend, a surprise awaited me – snowdrops and daffodils have made their debut, serving as undeniable indicators that brighter days lie ahead.

Spring always evokes thoughts of fresh starts and new beginnings and it got me thinking about fostering. It’s no secret that we are facing a national crisis due to a shortage of foster carers. I’ve had conversations with the families I work alongside, asking them about the moment they decided it was the right time to start fostering. For many, the answer was quite simple: ‘it just felt right.’ Many of them confessed that they had contemplated fostering for years but never took the plunge.

I firmly believe that there is no better time than the present, as the saying goes, ‘the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today’.  If fostering has ever crossed your mind, why not seize the opportunity for a new beginning and reach out?

 As foster carers, you have the absolute privilege of witnessing children blossom into the individuals they are meant to be. You get to savour the hearty, belly-deep laughter that bursts out when they are genuinely happy. You witness their huge grins when they achieve something they’ve longed for, whether it’s making the football team or acing a test they worked hard to prepare for.

Certainly, fostering can pose challenges, just as parenting does. But isn’t it profoundly rewarding, isn’t it worth it?

I know soon, that the snowdrops and daffodils will be replaced by brightly coloured tulips a sure sign that the season moves on once more. Don’t sit by and miss an opportunity to make a lifelong difference. Becoming a foster carer offers a unique and heart-warming chance to make a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable children, all while experiencing immense personal joy and fulfilment. Though this journey may come with its share of challenges, the sheer delight of nurturing, supporting, and guiding these children towards a brighter, happier future is simply beyond measure. Embrace the chance to bring happiness, laughter and joy into a child’s life, I can promise you one thing, you won’t regret it!

Colette, Fostering Social Worker
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