Jon and Sheena
Jon and Sheena have lived in the Forest of Dean for over 4 years, having moved from Birmingham, leaving behind 2 grown up children who are not married, and had no grandchildren.
Both were able to work from home, Jon is a marketing professional and Sheena has now taken early retirement after being a manager for nearly 30 years to concentrate on her fostering role.
As committed Christians, Jon and Sheena followed a path through their faith that led them to realise they had an abundance of resources, and were spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially in an excellent place to become foster parents.
Over the years, Jon and Sheena’s home had provided a safe haven and shelter for family members, friends of their own children and lodgers. A friend inspired them by the work she had done with Barnardo’s and Jon and Sheena decided to explore fostering.
They embarked on their journey with Capstone, carrying out training and the extensive vetting process and were successfully approved in April 2016. Jon and Sheena were approved for all ages, all types of placements, long term, short term and respite and were asked how they felt about looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children – sure they said no problem, never really thinking that this would be their calling.
In June 2016, two Afghan boys arrived aged 15 and 12 and Jon and Sheena’s fostering journey began. Their first step was to find out all they could about Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children.
Both boys had come from loving families and had been separated from them by circumstances beyond their control. Traumatised, bereaved, abused, suffering from PTSD and memory loss, they have pretty constant headaches, nightmares, sleeplessness, depressions. Jon and Sheena will probably never know the half of what they have been through.
Jon and Sheena are consistent in supporting the boys with their emotional and education needs, provide a loving stable environment so the boys can thrive and have the best chance to develop and grow towards independence.