As part of our Foster Care Fortnight 2019 #changeafuture campaign, we asked 8 care leavers to tell us how their foster carers had a positive impact on their futures.
Each young person’s situation is different – from the reasons they were brought into care, to whether they were with foster carers on a long or short term basis.
Naomi, now 19, needed a foster carer to help her develop the confidence and skills to live as an independent adult:
‘I was 17 when I spent 6 months in foster care. As soon as I met my foster carer Laura, I felt we got on really well, we have similar interests so I felt we were a good match. My first impressions were really positive; Laura was approachable, kind and caring.
Laura was a single carer, so it was just us two and her cat. I enjoyed spending time with her- she brought me out of myself and made me feel more confident. I was given the freedom to spend time with my family if I wished.
Laura was very supportive and helped me to find a job by helping with my CV and encouraging me to apply for roles. She also helped with practical things such as cooking and learning how to budget and pay bills, something which I’m grateful for now I’m living independently.
More importantly, Laura helped me to be a better person. I still see her now and she remains a real source of support in my life.’
Listen to Naomi’s brilliant interview on Silk 106.9:
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