Emma’s Story

Teenage Girl
Hi my name is Emma, I have been in foster care for nearly four years and today I am sharing my story with all of you.

At first I found it really hard being away from my mum and dad, and my social worker at the time kept on telling me it will be okay and that I will live a more happier life without them but all I wanted was to live with my birth parents and for them to be there every day – but as I got older I realised I live a lot happier life with other people and that you can love more people than your original family.

Two and a half years ago I lived with different foster parents and I didn’t like them at all. They were really mean, and my social worker could tell that because I was upset, and I felt like I could not trust anyone anymore. So, they decided to move me to other foster parents, so we packed all of my things and drove all the way up to London. That’s when I met A and L.

As soon as I stepped foot into their house, I immediately felt safe and that I would stay here for ever. Two and a half years later I am still here safe and sound along with my twin brother.

But sometimes everything isn’t a walk in the park, I still struggle with a lot of things; here are a few – manners, keeping my temper and treating people in a respectful manner.

If I was still living with my birth parents and I asked for something and they said no to the thing or toy I wanted I would go in a bad mood and get physical until they gave in, but A and L don’t give in even if I try and push the limits. Once I have calmed down A and L will talk to me about my behaviour and explain the decision they have made. Even if I am disappointed at not getting my own way, I understand they have done this for a reason and not to be cruel. I like the way they do this instead of talking to me when I am angry and making me angrier.

I think about when I have children and hope I wouldn’t give into them and I won’t because the way A and L parent feels right.

I want to stay with A and L until I am 18, after I am 18, I will still come and visit them because they and their family have changed my life forever.

I love them lots and I will love them forever.

By Emma

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