Jonathon and Melchi
My name is Jonathan, I am 43 years of age and I live with my wife Melchi who is 38 and my daughter Mayah who is aged 8.
For the last 21 years I have worked as engineer and have enjoyed the benefits it has brought including the privilege of travelling to many beautiful places around the world and meeting some very interesting people. However I have always had a deep conviction that my work was not making a lasting difference of significant importance and I needed something more than just money for my efforts. I needed something, which was going to make a real difference to someone’s life.
Melchi was born in the Philippines and travelled over to the UK in 2004. My relationship with Melchi has lead us to travel to many places in Asia and I have always been shocked and saddened by the poverty and exploitation to children in particular. These experiences have always made me stop and think what it was I could do to make a difference.
As a family we have spoken about the possibility of fostering for a couple of years. However due to such a busy work schedule and me spending allot of time away from home with work (often overseas) we felt it was not the right time. Over the passed year I started to feel less satisfied with my professional life as a project-engineering manager and I started looking to do something completely different, challenging but rewarding. During a village festival earlier this summer we got talking to a fostering agency and through the conversation we really felt it was something we wanted start looking into more. They gave us a leaflet to take home and following a serious discussion as a family we decided to start the process.
After a little more research, I contacted Adam at Capstone and an initial home appointment was made. Adam came to our house and answered all our initial questions in detail, he was able to provide us with a realistic overview on foster caring which included the inevitable challenges and rewards. It was obvious to us that within our own country, there is a real demand for families who are able to provide a safe and loving environment to vulnerable children and as we have a spare room an abundance love and compassion to give, we decided to proceed throughout the assessment process and within just a few months were approved foster carers and are now just awaiting our first placement.
We are so excited as a family about welcoming someone new and feel so reassured that we are part of a great support network of professionals if and when we need it and even though we are still awaiting our first placement we already feel part of a family. We feel completely at ease with how important out daughter Mayah is to Capstone and how central she has been throughout the approval process and placement referrals.
The training we have already undertaken has been excellent and we have also had the privilege of being invited to many different social events which have been excellent opportunities to connect with more experienced carers.
I would not hesitate to recommend anyone who is looking to make a real difference to someone’s life to start the process to foster caring.