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Jenny and Ian

I have always, since I can remember, wanted to be a foster mum, to give children who are not fortunate enough to be able to live with their parents the same positive outcomes as those children who do. I work with the families where ever possible and if it’s suitable as I find this also provides a very positive outcomes for children and young people.

When I was a lot younger I worked in various animal charities and have had previous job roles helping families and children. I am a childminder alongside being a foster mum now and started looking after vulnerable 2-year olds and other children 7 years ago in this role.

When I met my partner 15 years ago it wasn’t long before he knew my heart was set on fostering. He was really supportive of the idea and agreed It was also something he felt he could support and be part of. He has grown into a great partner in my life, a great dad and partner in our role to be the best we can be at what we do. We certainly don’t think we are perfect and learn a lot every day from the professionals around us and the children in our lives. Fostering for us has been hard at times but the good times and great things you can help these young people achieve far outweigh those days you find hard. They literally disappear without a trace as the good times take over.

We have always had a great relationship professionally with Capstone and we have grown extremely fond of the people who have worked with us. The support has always been great, and our supervising social worker is a great support. We’ve had some laughs along the way which I find really important. Training provided by Capstone is second to none and I think the training department is very forward thinking as they now offer extensive online training which is a godsend when you don’t get a lot of time to get out and about.

Last but not least, our daughter is amazing. She has always been very mature and very helpful, accepting sometimes tough situations. It can be hard for her sometimes, but she really takes it all in her stride and accepts that sometimes we need to be there for a child who is less fortunate than herself and understands some days the foster child or children do need far more of your time.

Fostering has been a really positive experience for her and she has offered nothing but support to us and the children who have become part of our family. She talks about the journey as happily as we do, and we are very proud of our daughter and arrange special days, which she deserves.

I hope we will continue to be foster carers for the rest of our lives, I would not change any part of it and look forward to helping and supporting as many children and young people in the future as possible with the support of Capstone along the way.

Thank. you for reading our story so far the rest is yet to come…

Jenny, Ian and Cassa Mai

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