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 Tracy, I live with my 17 year old son and our dog Jake, and I’ve been fostering since September 2019, so I’m fairly new! I currently do lots of regular respite care for a few different children and young people, to support both them and their regular carers. I care for a 10 year old boy every Tuesday and Sunday, a sibling group of two boys aged 5 and 8 every Wednesday plus every fourth weekend, a 19 year old girl every Friday and Saturday, and a 17 year old girl every Thursday. So I’m a very busy foster carer indeed!
What inspired you to foster?
I just felt it would be something I’d be good at- that I was able to give something back to children and young people in our borough who needed stability, love and care.
Before you fostered, what did you do?
I was a depot manager for a large corporate, worldwide business.
How did you find the assessment process?
Therapeutic and thought provoking. I really learned a lot about myself.
What’s the best thing about fostering?
For me, it’s seeing the small changes, the improvements in the child’s outlook and their behaviour, watching them grow, gaining confidence and learning to trust.
What’s the hardest?
Always thinking ‘am I doing this right?’
Did you have any concerns when you first thought about fostering?
My main concern was around how my son would cope, having been on my own with him for 16 years.
What’s been your proudest moment so far?
Seeing a child in care become confident in voicing his opinions politely and feeling happy and comfortable in my family.
What training have you enjoyed the most?
All the training has been second-to-none, and really beneficial to me as a foster carer.
The support I receive is…
Like having a friend I can rely on when needed.
What’s the best part of the Local Authority fostering community?
There is always someone to go to. I like to get involved with anything and everything I can do. If I can, help, I will.
What would you say to anyone considering fostering?
Go for it! It’s challenging, but so rewarding.
Thanks Tracy! Feeling inspired like Tracy was? Enquire today and you could become a foster carer in early 2020.