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Jocie’s Story

Jocie---Care-leaver

 

Eighteen year-old Jocie is leading the way for fellow care leavers by showing just how much children in care can achieve with the right support. The teenager, from Darlington, has been looked after by FCA foster carers for eight years and is now studying a criminology degree at Teesside University.

Jocie achieved a distinction and two merits in her Level 3 Health and Social Care course at college which led to an unconditional offer from Teesside. “I think university life is pretty good”, she says, “it’s different and not what I expected it to be – it’s actually a lot better and the course is really interesting.”

As well as enjoying university life, Jocie is keen develop the skills she needs for a career in the police force. “I have learned lots of new stuff and I hope after my three years to possibly do a master’s degree in criminology. Ultimately I want to become a detective.”

Jocie overcame a difficult period in her life to excel in her exams and has had the full support of her foster carers. “We are really proud of what she has achieved; she is a very determined young lady”, says foster carer Jayne. “We’ve been to visit her and keep in touch frequently; she is still finding her feet as it’s a big change but that’s normal for anyone starting university I think.”

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Call us on 0800 023 4561 (lines open Monday - Thurs: 9am - 7pm, Fri: 9am - 6pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

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