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Sarah and Steve’s story

updated at 9:40 am, June 7, 2018

Sarah and her husband, Steve, have been caring for a sibling group of four children for the past five years. Since becoming foster carers, the...

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Belinda and Mark’s story

updated at 9:29 am, April 27, 2018

Belinda and Mark, from Kent, have been fostering for three years. Once the couple’s birth children moved out of the family home, Belinda and Mark...

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Jo and Lisa’s story

updated at 1:29 pm, March 23, 2018

Joanne and Lisa from Birmingham have been fostering with FCA since 2017. Alongside Lisa’s nine year old birth daughter, they currently foster a 15 year...

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Celebrating Christmas at our East Midlands Office

updated at 9:06 am, January 17, 2018

Christmas is the ideal time for us all to let our hair down and celebrate the year gone and what a fantastic turn out we...

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Deborah and Brian’s story

updated at 9:41 am, December 21, 2017

“We absolutely love our job and the rewards it brings as every day is different and each child takes us on a different journey.” Deborah...

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Sara and Alan’s Story

updated at 2:52 pm, November 23, 2017

“Everybody deserves the chance to grow up in a safe, secure and loving environment and Christmas is a very difficult time not to have that.”...

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Why foster parent and child placements?

updated at 2:47 pm, November 23, 2017

The best question to ask yourself is not “why should you foster a parent and child”, but “why not?” We have been fostering with FCA...

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Judith and Michael’s Story

updated at 11:27 am, November 6, 2017

“We’ve had plenty of rewarding moments, but the best one was when our foster children declared they loved being here with us because they felt...

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Katie and Jade’s Story

updated at 11:21 am, November 6, 2017

“Fostering is incredible – it’s rewarding, enlightening and inspiring all at once and we can’t picture our lives any other way’’  Two foster carers, Katie...

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Joanne and Martyn’s Story

updated at 2:51 pm, October 16, 2017

“’Right from the get go FCA have supported us every step of the way.” Meet Joanne (38) and Martyn (39) Shaw from Wigan who have...

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Sandys Story

updated at 1:57 pm, October 16, 2017

“No one is trained on how to be a parent or care for another life, this is supposed to come naturally but the truth is...

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Alison’s Story

updated at 2:59 pm, October 10, 2017

“Trust your instincts, and give your child or young person all the opportunities and chances to help create a better life for themselves” Accomplished marathon...

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Mike and Eileen’s Story

updated at 2:54 pm, October 10, 2017

“Our family and friends said go for it!  It will be lovely to have another member of the family” With five children and 17 grandchildren,...

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Lorna’s Story

updated at 2:50 pm, October 10, 2017

“I had room in my home, and most importantly in my heart, and my fostering journey began” Lorna Asprey (52) from Eastleigh has been a...

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Karen and Dan’s Story

updated at 9:17 am, October 6, 2017

Karen and Dan Boresjo discuss their first ever fostering placement, from the impact on their lives and the joy they felt as they welcomed a...

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Simone and Adrian’s Story

updated at 12:17 pm, September 7, 2017

‘’The joy you get from knowing you’ve helped a young person become everything you know they can be is really something!’’ Meet Simone (43) and...

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Gloucestershire foster carer raises more than £2,000 for children’s charity

updated at 8:54 am, August 14, 2017

A foster carer from Gloucestershire has completed an epic challenge to raise £2,312 for one of the UK’s leading children’s charities. Tania Jenkins, who lives...

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Kerri and Cliff’s Story

updated at 8:45 am, August 14, 2017

“If you respect us, we will respect you…..seems to stick in their minds.” Kerri and Cliff Sim from Worthing in Sussex have been foster carers...

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Behind Alison Molton’s front door

updated at 2:20 pm, July 11, 2017

 “Trust your instincts, and give your child or young person all the opportunities and chances to help create a better life for themselves” Accomplished marathon...

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Behind Alison’s front door

updated at 1:43 pm, July 11, 2017

“Fostering is a life changing experience, it will test you but it will reward you in so many ways.” Alison Mear, aged 51 from Bromsgrove,...

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Foster Carer from Bridgend wins national poetry competition

updated at 1:35 pm, July 11, 2017

A doting foster carer from Bridgend, South Wales has won a national poetry writing competition, run by leading independent fostering agency, Foster Care Associates (FCA)....

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Local couple celebrate retirement after 16 years of fostering

updated at 10:47 am, July 11, 2017

Foster Care Associates Cymru North (FCA) has praised Linda and David Beard from Prestatyn in North Wales for their dedication and service to fostering. The...

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Behind Liz and Rob’s front door

updated at 10:34 am, July 11, 2017

 ‘’ You don’t have to do anything specific, just be there for that young person, and be a family.’’  Meet Liz (44) and Rob Billingham...

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Behind Angie and Andy’s front door

updated at 9:39 am, July 11, 2017

‘’We get through challenging days knowing that we are part of a great community changing the lives of children and young people.’’  Meet Angie and...

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Meet our new foster carer, Alison

updated at 9:18 am, June 19, 2017

I found my assessment to panel a fantastic experience. so…. I guess my expectations going forward was high….. The process from panel felt a little...

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Behind Angie and Andy’s Door

updated at 9:05 am, June 19, 2017

‘’We get through challenging days knowing that we are part of a great community changing the lives of children and young people.’’  Meet Angie and...

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What a Surprise and Honor to be representing FCA at the Queens Garden Party

updated at 8:53 am, June 19, 2017

I walked out of our yearly activity to the Panto and switched on my phone – several missed calls from just after I had turned...

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Behind Kev and Sylvie’s Door

updated at 3:17 pm, June 12, 2017

Behind the door lives…….. Myself, Kev, the main carer, my wife Sylvie and our birth son who is 24 years old.  We live in Southampton...

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Behind Debbie and Anthony’s front door

updated at 3:01 pm, June 12, 2017

Behind our front door lives….. Myself Debbie, who is the main carer, my husband Anthony and our two foster children who have just recently come...

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Norma’s Story

updated at 2:55 pm, June 12, 2017

‘’These children keep me young, we are always laughing!’’ Norma Etherington (65) from Cutnall Green started her fostering journey 35 years ago. A local news...

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Judith’s Story

updated at 10:43 am, June 6, 2017

“Laura says I understand, she can tell me anything and that I am completely non-judgmental ” Meet Judith, a 56 year old from a small...

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Behind Helen’s Door

updated at 9:13 am, May 31, 2017

Behind our front door lives …….. Behind our front door lives ….Helen. I am the main carer but I couldn’t do it without the rest...

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Lorna Asprey’s Story

updated at 1:28 pm, May 10, 2017

‘’ I had a room in my home, and most importantly in my heart, and fostering journey began‘’ Lorna Asprey (52) from Eastleigh has been...

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Lesley Crawford’s Story

updated at 11:28 am, May 10, 2017

‘’ Don’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of you providing a safe place for these children to call home’’ Lesley Crawford (66)...

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Behind Denis and Ann’s Door

updated at 3:09 pm, April 27, 2017

                          Behind our front door lives …….. We’re Denis and Ann from Blyth...

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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

                        Deborah and Mally share their story of how they opened their doors and...

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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 extraordinary like fostering, then you should take that leap.’’ Jonathan (37) and Ricci (31) from Stoke-on-Trent have...

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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 in South Wales have been foster carers for 21 years. The couple started their fostering journey with...

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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 Care Associates (FCA) for almost two years now. I’m 41 years old living in the Cynon Valley...

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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 stigma or be marginalised as LGBT foster carers but we absolutely haven’t.” Jayne and Jade Papps from...

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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 all shapes and sizes.’’ Luke (25) and Bradley (24), from Paignton have been foster carers with Foster...

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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 a young person somewhere safe to live and grow.’’ Abbie Watson (35) and Kelly Brooks (27) from...

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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 people who may be struggling with their gender or sexuality. ‘’ After adopting their son Nathan (14)...

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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, Wales have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for nearly four years.  The couple have...

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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 not have the experiences they deserve’’ Mandy (47) and Christopher (66) Payton O’Connell from Kirton Lindsey, Lincolnshire...

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Fiona and Paul’s Story

updated at 3:56 pm, January 30, 2017

‘’ I see the way foster children react in certain situations and I can only sympathise because years ago, that was me.’’ Fiona (35) and...

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Tracey Foy

updated at 2:20 pm, January 19, 2014

A musician turned foster carer is backing a campaign to encourage more Glaswegians to think about a career in fostering and providing vulnerable young people...

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Ian Shackleton

updated at 2:16 pm, January 19, 2014

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

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David and Sandra Queen

updated at 2:14 pm, January 19, 2014

An Ayrshire couple who have looked after 56 children over 23 years in fostering have said all you need is an ‘open mind and big...

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Carole Dunlop

updated at 2:11 pm, January 19, 2014

Carole Dunlop and her husband Lewis have made a plea for more foster carers to come forward to meet a shortfall of 850 in Scotland...

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Vikki Nutt

updated at 2:10 pm, January 19, 2014

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

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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 be making changes to their lives hoping to make a positive difference.  Few changes could be more...

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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 be challenging at times however the rewards completely outweigh anything negative.  It is the best feeling ever!”...

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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 have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for three years.  Inspired to foster by his...

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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 carrying the weight of the whole world on their shoulders.  Seeing them develop emotionally is like watching...

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Rosie’s Story

updated at 12:04 pm, November 25, 2016

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

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Sylka’s Story

updated at 9:59 am, November 16, 2016

My first thoughts about becoming a foster carer began many years ago after the birth of my daughter at the age of 19.  I was...

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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.  Occasionally you’ll hit a bump in the road and then things will settle again” David and Sharon...

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Ann George’s Story

updated at 2:02 pm, November 15, 2016

‘‘Ordinary people like me can make great foster carers’’  Ann George started her journey as a foster carer with Foster Care Associates (FCA) Northern Ireland...

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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 in Northern Ireland have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) Northern Ireland since 2008. Marlene...

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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 on Wednesday 15th November 2000, many would say “I can’t remember that far back!” However, if we...

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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 this job, which has made us a closer family, and a happier one too!”  Mo Cook, aged...

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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 it – we wasted 10 years thinking about fostering, but I’m just so glad we’re doing it...

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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 up for 11 years. The majority of those have been looking after children with disabilities. At the...

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A thank you letter

updated at 1:56 pm, October 4, 2016

Recently turned 21 and when her carers wished her a happy birthday noting how proud they are of her and how far she’s come, she...

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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” Mel and Jack Spitali from Bristol have been fostering for five years after finding out they weren’t...

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Howard’s story

updated at 1:48 pm, October 4, 2016

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

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April’s story

updated at 1:44 pm, October 4, 2016

April and her husband have been fostering with FCA Thames Valley for just over 4 years. They are caring for a little girl of 11,...

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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 mum I could call her my daughter” Suzanne and George Baird, from Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, have...

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Mandy’s story

updated at 1:29 pm, October 4, 2016

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

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Jacqueline’s story

updated at 1:24 pm, October 4, 2016

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

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Jaci’s Story

updated at 11:06 am, September 30, 2016

“It’s been my job to provide the stability and parenting skills she needs to become a good parent herself”  Jaci Scott, aged 56, is a...

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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 has the right to be brought up in a loving family environment” Steve Turner and Richard Beard...

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Anne’s story

updated at 8:27 am, September 16, 2016

“When I was considering becoming a foster carer I had to seriously ask myself whether I had the capacity to love a child who wasn’t...

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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 have been changed to protect the identity of foster placements) Every year, tens of thousands of children...

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Clare & Dean’s Story

updated at 3:53 pm, August 2, 2016

“Sometimes it will be difficult but it will be the best thing you’ll ever do in your life” Clare and Dean Williams, who live near...

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Tina’s Story

updated at 3:28 pm, August 2, 2016

“I have cherished all of my fostering experiences over the years” Tina Durrell from Felixstowe, Suffolk have been fostering with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for...

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Susan’s Story

updated at 2:19 pm, July 29, 2016

“Fostering is the most rewarding and fulfilling feeling” Susan Ellis from Choppington, Northumberland has been a full time foster carer with Foster Care Associates (FCA)...

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Linda’s story

updated at 1:55 pm, July 4, 2016

“Some siblings have lost everything and the only things they have is each other, so why would you want to split them up?” Linda Simmons,...

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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 expect it to be” Tracy and Mike Wallace from Pontypridd, South Wales will be marking 10 years...

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Karen’s story

updated at 9:15 am, May 11, 2016

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

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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 own flesh and blood.” For the appropriately named foster carers Michelle and Adam Foster, each day can...

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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 this experience” Claudia and Denshloy Myrie from Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire are at the beginning of their fostering...

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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 foster carers for some time and, after spotting a Foster Care Associates (FCA) recruitment appeal in the...

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Sheila’s story

updated at 1:46 pm, April 25, 2016

Sheila Ryan from Newcastle has been a foster carer for most of her adult life. She has been fostering for 35 years, and with Foster...

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Sharon’s story

updated at 1:45 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Shameen’s Story

updated at 1:43 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Norma’s story

updated at 1:42 pm, April 25, 2016

Norma Etherington from Worcestershire has been a foster carer for 34 years and was among the first to be trained in Foster Care Associates’ (FCA)...

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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 a young mother and her child, having already looked after eight young children with Foster Care Associates...

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Michael’s Story

updated at 1:41 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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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 years of being foster carers Mary (aged 53) and Roland Baines (aged 55), from Bradford, have recently...

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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, South Wales and have been fostering with Foster Care Associates for more than three years. Liz, originally...

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Lisa’s Story

updated at 1:37 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Linda’s Story

updated at 1:36 pm, April 25, 2016

  Linda’s career as a foster carer began over 30 years ago when she and her husband started caring for Daniel, a 10 month old...

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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 been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) since 2003. Their fostering journey began with Brandon, a...

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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 stays or moves on, you will always make some positive difference in their life that they will...

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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 years ago and are now both full- time carers. Joanne explains why they decided to foster and...

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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. We should have done it years ago” Jill and Stephen Bartlett, from Halstead in Essex, have been...

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Jan and Peter

updated at 1:29 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Jackie’s story

updated at 1:28 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Ian’s story

updated at 1:26 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Hennie’s Story

updated at 1:25 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Helen’s story

updated at 1:24 pm, April 25, 2016

Helen Warren has always been passionate about working with children and spent 17 years as a nanny. This year, she is marking 15 years as...

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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 to foster all worthwhile” Gail and Ray Griffiths from Tettenhall in Wolverhampton have been foster carers with...

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Delroy’s Story

updated at 1:21 pm, April 25, 2016

FCA foster carer Delroy Ellis has been on an incredible journey. It is one that makes him determined to help children and young people thrive,...

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Dave’s story

updated at 1:20 pm, April 25, 2016

Dave Churchyard from Aylesbury took the decision to become a foster carer when he retired from the RAF. Having served as an engineer for 38 years,...

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Dan’s story

updated at 1:19 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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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 foster carer couple who began fostering nearly seven years ago and have not looked back since. The couple...

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Claire’s Story

updated at 1:14 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Avril’s Story

updated at 1:13 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Anthony and Lee

updated at 1:12 pm, April 25, 2016

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

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Ann’s Story

updated at 1:10 pm, April 25, 2016

  Inspirational Ann can understand and empathise with young people from all walks of life. Since joining FCA, she’s cared for over 150 foster children....

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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 around caring for young people both as foster carers with Foster Care Associates and in their respective...

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