Hi I’m Sally and I am a single carer and have been fostering since 2000, initially I fostered a brother and sister whom I had for 11 and half years. Over my fostering career I have experienced many different types of fostering including teenagers, unaccompanied asylum seeking children, younger siblings and parent and child so I have done a bit of everything!
Fostering has been a way my life for the best part of 15 years and there has been many good and sad times but that is what fostering is all about. At the end of the day it’s about making a difference to a young person’s life.
Fostering is a lifestyle choice to provide children and young people with a caring and nurturing environment, during a period where their own family is unable to look after them. This is often only a temporary arrangement, and many fostered children return to their birth families. Children who cannot return home but still want to stay in touch with their families, often live in long-term or permanent foster care.
Our 'about becoming a foster carer' section explains a little more about fostering in general and gives information on the following areas:
T has been with us for about 6 months. He is 10 years old and is diagnosed with ASD though it seems quite mild. Some of his symptoms that are attributed to ASD could also be just down to the fact that T is a 10 year old boy. In general he is a very happy lad but one who has moments of anxiety and has some problems dealing with his emotions. Because of his condition he does get fixated on things so he has a strong passion for cars and certain movies and TV programmes and at the moment he has a sometimes unhealthy obsession with Loom Bands (tiny little elastic bands that the kids make into bracelets).
I am married with three children, one at home, one at University and one living just down the road, and I am the main carer as my wife has a full time job as an Assistant principal at a Sixth Form College.
The following publications are available to download. If you are an existing carer please log-in to access the full array of publications.
Foster Carers' Charter
Statement of Purpose
Latest Ofsted Report
Foster Carer Forum
To view our online Statement of Purpose brochure please click here.
The Foster Carer Forum is a group of volunteer carers who represent each local centre. They meet with senior management every quarter to explore topical issues and agency developments; they present questions, suggestions and thoughts on behalf of their carer colleagues in a constructive way which often helps to improve practice, systems and communication for all concerned.
The Forum representatives will provide feedback following the meetings on decisions which will often affect either or all carers, children and the agency. If you have any early difficulties which you do not feel able to explore with your social worker, your carer reps are very happy to speak to you. This is often useful around areas of new learning, particularly when you first join and have many questions to ask. Click to download more information on the Foster Carer Forum