Lesley and Dave
As foster carers who don’t have children, it’s been a steep learning curve, to understand and support the needs of the child. We’ve also learnt about the care system, working with other professionals and the child’s parents to provide what’s best.
As we don’t have children, I really thought this would go against us. We’d applied to foster before, but we were unsuccessful because we both worked full time. After I was made redundant we tried again. This time with Capstone Foster Care. The whole process was eye opening and thought provoking. At times some points put us off. Could we really support young people who are potentially traumatised within our home and family?
I’m thrilled to say we continued. Within a month of being approved we were supporting a 12-year-old girl. We were offering someone a chance to change their life and it brought a whole mix of emotions. Including fear, apprehension and excitement! She’s been with us for six months now.
We don’t leave work at 5pm, we can’t switch off, and we’ve had our ups and downs along the way. Our Capstone social worker is always there for us and we have got to know other foster carers in the same position.
If I were asked to go back to a 9-5 job now, the answer would be ‘definitely no’. When you see you’re making a difference and hear genuine laughter coming from a child, who has had so many reasons to be sad, it makes everything worthwhile!