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.
Sean, now 23, who needed carers to look after him long-term, giving him a permanent family to be a part of, tells his story:
‘I was 7 when I first came into care, I lived with emergency foster carers for about a month, then came to live with Pam and Norman. I stayed with them ever since that day. We became a family and when I was 16 we finalised their legal guardianship of me. They are my parents.
I’m now in my third year at Uni, studying Theatre and Performance at UCLAN. They’ve encouraged me to fulfil my dreams of becoming a Theatre Director, supporting me with my A-Levels, choosing a University and always making sure I knew that their home was my home, for the rest of my life. I’m passionate about spreading the word to encourage more people to foster, particularly older children who might need a stable family to be a part of permanently.
Last month I came third in the Coram Voices writing competition, with my piece called ‘The Unintentional Gift’, which aims to show young people that coming into care can be a very positive thing. I don’t know what my life would have been like had Pam and Norman not welcomed me into their family, but I do know that it would be nothing like it is now.’
Feeling inspired by the difference our foster carers have made to Sean’s future? Request an information pack and take the first step towards becoming a foster carer for your Local Authority today: https://www.foster4.co.uk/enquire/