As part of our ‘Could you open your door?’ campaign, we sat down with some of our existing foster carers to chat about why they opened their doors and became foster carers.
Tell us a bit about yourself
We’re a large family, my husband and I have five daughters! So we were well used to lots of children and young people in our home. We foster two teenagers, a boy aged 17 and a girl aged 14.
What initially inspired you to foster?
Our daughters were all grown up and had all moved out. As you can imagine, after living as such a busy household for all those years, everything felt very quiet all of a sudden. We had the space and the experience of bringing up children with different personalities and needs, so we knew we could do it.
What did you do before you fostered?
I worked in accounts- very different!
How did you find the assessment process?
We found it really informative and actually quite exciting, as we knew it was taking us on our journey to become foster carers. But I’m not going to lie, we did feel a bit daunted at the prospect at first, but we soon got into the swing of things.
What’s the best thing about fostering?
Absolutely it’s making a difference to the lives of the children and young people we care for. Helping them to have positive childhoods and adolescence, and just watching them grow up into healthy, happy young people who will have successful adult lives- that they might not otherwise have had.
What’s the hardest?
Sometimes it can be really frustrating- you always want to help them, and sometimes you have to take a step back and realise that they have to figure some things out for themselves.
What are the best things about being part of the Local Authority Fostering Community?
We’re all in it together. We’re regular, local people who have all become foster carers for local children. The support is really good and we’ve loved every part of our training. We particularly enjoyed the courses on young addiction and counselling.
What would you say to anyone thinking about fostering?
Go for it!!
Thanks Geri! Feeling inspired like Geri was? Enquire today and you could become a foster carer in early 2020.