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Care is… our foster carers

Our amazing foster carers have been helping to transform the lives of over 30,000 children and young people around the UK over the last 21 years. Be inspired by some of their stories – including Julie and Mark, who have been helping disabled children and their families, and Tracy and Ian who both moved their lives on through fostering, but from very different places.

Discover what care is to you – find out more about becoming a foster carer. Contact us.

Behind Ira and Andy’s Door

updated at 8:10 am, April 10, 2017

                            Behind our front door lives … We’re Andy and Ira Collins...

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Behind Ira and Andy’s Door

updated at 8:10 am, April 10, 2017

                            Behind our front door lives … We’re Andy and Ira Collins...

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Behind Deborah and Mally’s Door

updated at 2:30 pm, March 28, 2017

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                        Deborah and Mally share their story of how...

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Jonathan and Ricci’s Story

updated at 12:37 pm, March 23, 2017

‘’If you get the chance to do something...

‘’If you get the chance to do something extraordinary like fostering, then you should take that leap.’’ Jonathan (37) and...

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Barbara and Tudor’s Story

updated at 12:16 pm, March 23, 2017

Barbara (60) and Tudor (66) Bosley from Trealaw...

Barbara (60) and Tudor (66) Bosley from Trealaw in South Wales have been foster carers for 21 years. The couple...

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Lyn Hope’s Story

updated at 10:02 am, February 28, 2017

I’ve been a single foster carer with Foster...

I’ve been a single foster carer with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for almost two years now. I’m 41 years old...

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Jade and Jayne’s Story

updated at 8:28 am, February 27, 2017

“Absolutely do it.  We thought we may experience...

“Absolutely do it.  We thought we may experience stigma or be marginalised as LGBT foster carers but we absolutely haven’t.”...

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Luke and Bradley’s Story

updated at 8:26 am, February 27, 2017

“Fostering has taught us that families come in...

“Fostering has taught us that families come in all shapes and sizes.’’ Luke (25) and Bradley (24), from Paignton have...

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Abbie and Kelly’s Story

updated at 8:21 am, February 27, 2017

‘’By fostering you get the chance to give...

‘’By fostering you get the chance to give a young person somewhere safe to live and grow.’’ Abbie Watson (35)...

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Ian and Andrew’s Story

updated at 3:59 pm, February 22, 2017

‘’One day we would like to help young...

‘’One day we would like to help young people who may be struggling with their gender or sexuality. ‘’ After...

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Andrew and David’s Story

updated at 3:28 pm, February 22, 2017

“Fostering has definitely changed our lifestyle for the...

“Fostering has definitely changed our lifestyle for the better, and it is so rewarding, our only regret is that we...

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Karen and Greg’s Story

updated at 10:02 am, February 16, 2017

Karen (44) and Greg (47) Tisch from Carmarthen,...

Karen (44) and Greg (47) Tisch from Carmarthen, Wales have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for nearly...

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Mandy and Christopher’s Story

updated at 9:22 am, February 7, 2017

‘’They are just children who, without you, may...

‘’They are just children who, without you, may not have the experiences they deserve’’ Mandy (47) and Christopher (66) Payton...

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Fiona and Paul’s Story

updated at 3:56 pm, January 30, 2017

‘’ I see the way foster children react...

‘’ I see the way foster children react in certain situations and I can only sympathise because years ago, that...

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Karen and Craig’s Story

updated at 5:05 pm, January 11, 2017

With a new year underway many people will...

With a new year underway many people will be making changes to their lives hoping to make a positive difference. ...

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Carol and Hugh’s Story

updated at 12:00 pm, December 12, 2016

“Fostering is not an easy ride, it can...

“Fostering is not an easy ride, it can be challenging at times however the rewards completely outweigh anything negative.  It...

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Tim and Claire’s Story

updated at 1:44 pm, December 9, 2016

Tim (38) and Claire (28) Jarvis from Redditch...

Tim (38) and Claire (28) Jarvis from Redditch have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for three years. ...

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Lynne and Mike’s Story

updated at 11:16 am, December 8, 2016

“Some children arrive looking as though they are...

“Some children arrive looking as though they are carrying the weight of the whole world on their shoulders.  Seeing them...

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Rosie’s Story

updated at 12:04 pm, November 25, 2016

“If your heart’s in it, go for it! ...

“If your heart’s in it, go for it!  Fostering is deeply fulfilling and rewarding.” Rosie Garnett is a single foster...

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Majella and Tony’s Story

updated at 9:12 am, November 24, 2016

‘’I gave up the job I loved to...

‘’I gave up the job I loved to be a foster carer and I’ve never looked back since’’ Majella (49)...

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Sylka’s Story

updated at 9:59 am, November 16, 2016

My first thoughts about becoming a foster carer...

My first thoughts about becoming a foster carer began many years ago after the birth of my daughter at the...

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David and Sharon’s Story

updated at 2:10 pm, November 15, 2016

“The past three years have been so rewarding. ...

“The past three years have been so rewarding.  Occasionally you’ll hit a bump in the road and then things will...

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Ann George’s Story

updated at 2:02 pm, November 15, 2016

‘‘Ordinary people like me can make great foster...

‘‘Ordinary people like me can make great foster carers’’  Ann George started her journey as a foster carer with Foster...

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Marlene and Colin’s Story

updated at 1:54 pm, November 15, 2016

Marlene and Colin Hughes from Ballymena, County Antrim...

Marlene and Colin Hughes from Ballymena, County Antrim in Northern Ireland have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA)...

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OUR STORY SO FAR… by foster carer Helen Warren from Poole

updated at 4:51 pm, November 14, 2016

If you were asked what you were doing...

If you were asked what you were doing on Wednesday 15th November 2000, many would say “I can’t remember that...

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Mo and John’s Story

updated at 2:31 pm, November 4, 2016

“We have grown as a family by doing...

“We have grown as a family by doing this job, which has made us a closer family, and a happier...

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Chris and Amanda’s Story

updated at 11:09 am, October 5, 2016

“Stop thinking about it and just go for...

“Stop thinking about it and just go for it – we wasted 10 years thinking about fostering, but I’m just...

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Kevin and Sylvia’s Story

updated at 11:00 am, October 5, 2016

Kevin and Sylvia Mahal  have been fostering coming...

Kevin and Sylvia Mahal  have been fostering coming up for 11 years. The majority of those have been looking after...

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A thank you letter

updated at 1:56 pm, October 4, 2016

Recently turned 21 and when her carers wished...

Recently turned 21 and when her carers wished her a happy birthday noting how proud they are of her and...

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Jenny’s journey to becoming a foster carer

updated at 1:53 pm, October 4, 2016

My name is Jenny, I’m 37 ad I...

My name is Jenny, I’m 37 ad I am a single carer with FCA. I have one daughter and we...

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Mel and Jack’s story

updated at 1:51 pm, October 4, 2016

“Becoming foster carers helped us fill a void”...

“Becoming foster carers helped us fill a void” Mel and Jack Spitali from Bristol have been fostering for five years...

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Howard’s story

updated at 1:48 pm, October 4, 2016

Howard has over a decade’s fostering experience and...

Howard has over a decade’s fostering experience and has cared for several teenagers, as well as parents with their children....

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April’s story

updated at 1:44 pm, October 4, 2016

April and her husband have been fostering with...

April and her husband have been fostering with FCA Thames Valley for just over 4 years. They are caring for...

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Suzanne and George’s Story

updated at 1:37 pm, October 4, 2016

“We agreed if she could call me her...

“We agreed if she could call me her mum I could call her my daughter” Suzanne and George Baird, from...

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Mandy’s story

updated at 1:29 pm, October 4, 2016

With a career history spanning hotel management, training...

With a career history spanning hotel management, training and regional sales, full-time foster carer Mandy has had plenty of experience...

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Jacqueline’s story

updated at 1:24 pm, October 4, 2016

Jacqueline was a police officer for 31 years...

Jacqueline was a police officer for 31 years before becoming a foster carer with FCA Midlands. And she hasn’t looked...

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Jaci’s Story

updated at 11:06 am, September 30, 2016

“It’s been my job to provide the stability...

“It’s been my job to provide the stability and parenting skills she needs to become a good parent herself”  Jaci...

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Steve and Richard’s Story

updated at 8:24 am, September 30, 2016

“Richard and I firmly believe that every child...

“Richard and I firmly believe that every child has the right to be brought up in a loving family environment”...

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Anne’s story

updated at 8:27 am, September 16, 2016

“When I was considering becoming a foster carer...

“When I was considering becoming a foster carer I had to seriously ask myself whether I had the capacity to...

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Jan and Derick’s Story

updated at 10:55 am, August 23, 2016

Looking after somebody else’s child (please note names...

Looking after somebody else’s child (please note names have been changed to protect the identity of foster placements) Every year,...

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Clare & Dean’s Story

updated at 3:53 pm, August 2, 2016

“Sometimes it will be difficult but it will...

“Sometimes it will be difficult but it will be the best thing you’ll ever do in your life” Clare and...

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Tina’s Story

updated at 3:28 pm, August 2, 2016

“I have cherished all of my fostering experiences...

“I have cherished all of my fostering experiences over the years” Tina Durrell from Felixstowe, Suffolk have been fostering with...

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Susan’s Story

updated at 2:19 pm, July 29, 2016

“Fostering is the most rewarding and fulfilling feeling”...

“Fostering is the most rewarding and fulfilling feeling” Susan Ellis from Choppington, Northumberland has been a full time foster carer...

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Jenny’s story

updated at 8:42 am, July 25, 2016

“It’s an unpredictable, rewarding, emotional and crazy rollercoaster,...

“It’s an unpredictable, rewarding, emotional and crazy rollercoaster, but my daughter and I wouldn’t change a thing”. My name is...

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Linda’s story

updated at 1:55 pm, July 4, 2016

“Some siblings have lost everything and the only...

“Some siblings have lost everything and the only things they have is each other, so why would you want to...

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Tracy and Mike’s story

updated at 1:16 pm, May 12, 2016

“Fostering is more rewarding than you would ever...

“Fostering is more rewarding than you would ever expect it to be” Tracy and Mike Wallace from Pontypridd, South Wales...

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Karen’s story

updated at 9:15 am, May 11, 2016

“We have laughed together and cried together, she...

“We have laughed together and cried together, she has grown into a lovely young woman” Karen Plumb is a single...

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Michelle and Adam’s Story

updated at 11:55 am, May 10, 2016

“We love them all like they are our...

“We love them all like they are our own flesh and blood.” For the appropriately named foster carers Michelle and...

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Claudia and Denshloy’s story

updated at 2:49 pm, May 9, 2016

“I would not be the same person without...

“I would not be the same person without this experience” Claudia and Denshloy Myrie from Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire are at...

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Simon and Rosemary’s story

updated at 1:47 pm, April 25, 2016

Simon and Rosemary Heyes had thought about becoming...

Simon and Rosemary Heyes had thought about becoming foster carers for some time and, after spotting a Foster Care Associates...

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Sheila’s story

updated at 1:46 pm, April 25, 2016

Sheila Ryan from Newcastle has been a foster...

Sheila Ryan from Newcastle has been a foster carer for most of her adult life. She has been fostering for...

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Sharon’s story

updated at 1:45 pm, April 25, 2016

Sharon Hughes’ career in teaching brought her into...

Sharon Hughes’ career in teaching brought her into contact with many foster children and their carers. This was the beginning...

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Shameen’s Story

updated at 1:43 pm, April 25, 2016

Shameen Akhtar 45 and her husband Usman Khalid...

Shameen Akhtar 45 and her husband Usman Khalid 46 from Huddersfield took on their first fostering placement in October 2014....

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Norma’s story

updated at 1:42 pm, April 25, 2016

Norma Etherington from Worcestershire has been a foster...

Norma Etherington from Worcestershire has been a foster carer for 34 years and was among the first to be trained...

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Nicola and Paul’s story

updated at 1:42 pm, April 25, 2016

Nicola and her husband Paul have recently fostered...

Nicola and her husband Paul have recently fostered a young mother and her child, having already looked after eight young...

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Michael’s Story

updated at 1:41 pm, April 25, 2016

Over the past seven years, Michael and his...

Over the past seven years, Michael and his wife Francess have looked after 14 young people. Supported by their daughters,...

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Mary and Roland’s story

updated at 1:39 pm, April 25, 2016

Mary and Roland reflect on their first 15...

Mary and Roland reflect on their first 15 years of being foster carers Mary (aged 53) and Roland Baines (aged...

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Martin and Lee’s Story

updated at 1:39 pm, April 25, 2016

Cambridgeshire couple Martin and Lee have been fostering...

Cambridgeshire couple Martin and Lee have been fostering with Foster Care Associates for two years. Martin experienced being in foster care...

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Liz and Angela’s story

updated at 1:38 pm, April 25, 2016

Foster couple Liz and Angela live in Newport,...

Foster couple Liz and Angela live in Newport, South Wales and have been fostering with Foster Care Associates for more...

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Lisa’s Story

updated at 1:37 pm, April 25, 2016

  After raising three children of her own,...

  After raising three children of her own, Lisa decided to use her parenting skills to change the lives of...

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Linda’s Story

updated at 1:36 pm, April 25, 2016

  Linda’s career as a foster carer began...

  Linda’s career as a foster carer began over 30 years ago when she and her husband started caring for...

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Julia & Mark’s story – Helping disabled children and their families

updated at 1:35 pm, April 25, 2016

Julia and Mark Knibbs from Sutton Coldfield have...

Julia and Mark Knibbs from Sutton Coldfield have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) since 2003. Their fostering...

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Joanne and Brendan’s story

updated at 1:33 pm, April 25, 2016

“No matter what happens, whether the young person...

“No matter what happens, whether the young person stays or moves on, you will always make some positive difference in...

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Joanne and Andrew’s Story

updated at 1:32 pm, April 25, 2016

Joanne and Andrew Hewson started fostering almost four...

Joanne and Andrew Hewson started fostering almost four years ago and are now both full- time carers. Joanne explains why...

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Jill and Stephen’s story

updated at 1:31 pm, April 25, 2016

“Each day brings new challenges, fun and rewards....

“Each day brings new challenges, fun and rewards. We should have done it years ago” Jill and Stephen Bartlett, from...

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Jan and Peter

updated at 1:29 pm, April 25, 2016

With over 10 years fostering experience, Jan and...

With over 10 years fostering experience, Jan and Peter Dixon from Manchester have a wealth of knowledge looking after teenagers...

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Jackie’s story

updated at 1:28 pm, April 25, 2016

Jackie O’Connor from Bromley has been fostering for...

Jackie O’Connor from Bromley has been fostering for three years. Many foster carers can pinpoint the moment that they began...

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Ian’s story

updated at 1:26 pm, April 25, 2016

Ian’s incredible story started in care and has...

Ian’s incredible story started in care and has so far taken him to becoming our very own national project officer...

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Hennie’s Story

updated at 1:25 pm, April 25, 2016

  Foster carers come from various walks of...

  Foster carers come from various walks of life, but they all make an enormous contribution to the lives of...

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Helen’s story

updated at 1:24 pm, April 25, 2016

Helen Warren has always been passionate about working...

Helen Warren has always been passionate about working with children and spent 17 years as a nanny. This year, she...

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Gail and Ray’s story

updated at 1:23 pm, April 25, 2016

“He said ‘I’m home’ which makes our choice...

“He said ‘I’m home’ which makes our choice to foster all worthwhile” Gail and Ray Griffiths from Tettenhall in Wolverhampton...

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Delroy’s Story

updated at 1:21 pm, April 25, 2016

FCA foster carer Delroy Ellis has been on...

FCA foster carer Delroy Ellis has been on an incredible journey. It is one that makes him determined to help...

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Dave’s story

updated at 1:20 pm, April 25, 2016

Dave Churchyard from Aylesbury took the decision to...

Dave Churchyard from Aylesbury took the decision to become a foster carer when he retired from the RAF. Having served as...

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Dan’s story

updated at 1:19 pm, April 25, 2016

Single foster carer Dan lives in Birmingham and...

Single foster carer Dan lives in Birmingham and has been fostering with Foster Care Associates for just over a year....

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Crystal and Katie’s story

updated at 1:15 pm, April 25, 2016

Crystal and Katie Lucas from Yorkshire are a...

Crystal and Katie Lucas from Yorkshire are a foster carer couple who began fostering nearly seven years ago and have...

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Claire’s Story

updated at 1:14 pm, April 25, 2016

There is a current shortfall of over 8,000...

There is a current shortfall of over 8,000 foster carers across the UK, including 450 in the North East. Claire...

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Avril’s Story

updated at 1:13 pm, April 25, 2016

  Avril’s inspirational story started over ten years...

  Avril’s inspirational story started over ten years ago when she left the production line at her local paint factory...

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Anthony and Lee

updated at 1:12 pm, April 25, 2016

  Anthony and Lee, civil partners from Hertfordshire,...

  Anthony and Lee, civil partners from Hertfordshire, began fostering in 2011 and see a bright future ahead as they...

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Ann’s Story

updated at 1:10 pm, April 25, 2016

  Inspirational Ann can understand and empathise with...

  Inspirational Ann can understand and empathise with young people from all walks of life. Since joining FCA, she’s cared...

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Angie and Andre’s story

updated at 12:40 pm, April 25, 2016

Andre and Angie Savchenko have built their lives...

Andre and Angie Savchenko have built their lives around caring for young people both as foster carers with Foster Care...

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Tracey Foy

updated at 2:20 pm, January 19, 2014

A musician turned foster carer is backing a...

A musician turned foster carer is backing a campaign to encourage more Glaswegians to think about a career in fostering...

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Sharon Kennelly

updated at 2:19 pm, January 19, 2014

A former Cambridgeshire chef who swapped the heat...

A former Cambridgeshire chef who swapped the heat of the kitchen for life as a foster carer has urged more...

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Ian Shackleton

updated at 2:16 pm, January 19, 2014

A former military man from Lincolnshire who is...

A former military man from Lincolnshire who is now making a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people as...

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David and Sandra Queen

updated at 2:14 pm, January 19, 2014

An Ayrshire couple who have looked after 56...

An Ayrshire couple who have looked after 56 children over 23 years in fostering have said all you need is...

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Carole Dunlop

updated at 2:11 pm, January 19, 2014

Carole Dunlop and her husband Lewis have made...

Carole Dunlop and her husband Lewis have made a plea for more foster carers to come forward to meet a...

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Vikki Nutt

updated at 2:10 pm, January 19, 2014

A former assistant paramedic who decided to foster...

A former assistant paramedic who decided to foster after being called out to a particularly heartrending case has backed a...

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