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
I’m a single, newly approved foster carer, eagerly awaiting my first child coming to stay with me. I have grown up children and 4 grandchildren.
What initially inspired you to foster?
My children have now all flown the nest and I just wanted to continue to be part of children’s lives, make a difference and have them in my life. I was working as a trainer in care, so had good insight into what skills were needed, and knew it was something I could do. For me, it’s about giving back and everyone being a part of a family, no matter what their background.
Was there anything that you were worried about initially?
Despite being a trainer myself, I was worried about the type of training we’d be asked to do. I also thought that my age may go against me- but of course, it didn’t!
How did you find the initial assessment process?
It was very informative and interesting. it really makes you think and inspires you even more! There were a few bumps along the way but we overcame them.
What has been your proudest moment as a foster carer?
As I’m awaiting my first child, I don’t yet have any experience of caring for the children and young people. But personally, my proudest moment has been being approved at panel! I can’t wait to get going.
What’s the support been like so far?
So far it’s been amazing, there’s a brilliant community feel and because as Local Authority carers, we keep children in the local area, everyone gets to know each other. There’s so much to get involved with. I was recently made to feel very welcome at the awards event and the hamper gifts were a very kind gesture from the team.
Any advice for anyone considering fostering?
Go for it, make a difference!
Thanks Pam! Feeling inspired like Pam was? Enquire today and you could become a foster carer in early 2020.