Abbie and Kelly’s Story

Archived: Posted 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 Truro Cornwall got married just last year and are currently going through assessment to become approved foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA). Abbie explains why the couple have decided to foster. She said: ‘’Kelly and I got married last year and the next step for us was to start a family. That is when Kelly and I decided to look into fostering.

‘’There are too many children and young people already out there who are in desperate need of loving, safe homes. Kelly and I felt that we could open up our hearts and home to someone. With both of us working really flexible part time jobs we are able to fit this around a career in fostering and are really excited about what the future holds.’’

Abbie described the couple’s process of selecting a fostering agency that best suited them. She said: ‘’ We enquired with our local authority first but there seemed to be some restrictions when it came to fostering, so when a leaflet from FCA came through our letter box at home Kelly and I decided to contact them.

‘’Once we contacted FCA the agency sent a representative straight out to visit us. She was fantastic. We were able to ask any questions and talk about any concerns we had there and then. She really reassured us and made us 100 percent confident in our choice to foster with FCA.

‘’By this time we had completely made up our minds, however, we did chat to friends and family about our decision to foster. At first they were a little bit shocked and concerned, warning us about the possibility of having to look after children with behavioural issues. This didn’t stop us from applying. Kelly and I knew what challenges we may have to face and we were happy with our decision if it meant being able to help a child in need of care.’’

Abbie and Kelly really want to encourage the LGBT community to come forward and enquire about fostering if it is something that they considered. Abbie said: ‘’ We have experienced no issues at all as a same sex couple wanting to foster. If you are in the LGBT community and have been thinking about fostering you’d be mad not to do it. By fostering you get to give someone in need of a loving and safe home somewhere to live and grow.

‘’It’s been a long process that has been a little overwhelming at times but this was to be expected.  The end is near, Kelly and I have our first training session coming up which we’re really looking forward to, and then we go to panel in April.

‘’ We can’t wait for our fostering journey with FCA to begin, we feel we have a lot to offer as parents and hope that if we ever got the chance to look after a young person who may be feeling confused about their gender or sexuality that we would be able to talk to them and help them through.’’

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