Behind Ira and Andy’s Door

Archived: Posted April 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind our front door lives …

We’re Andy and Ira Collins from Newcastle. We’ve been fostering for 10 years and currently look after a 15 year old girl who has been with us for 18 months and is currently busy with her GCSE’s preparation. Let’s not forget our little dog Rosie, and regular visits from our two grown up birth children and six grandchildren.

The best thing about being a foster carer?
For us its being part of a foster child’s life at a time when they need us most, and watching them grow both mentally and physically. Also being part of a wider team at FCA whose aim is to help kids lead a safe and happy life.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of becoming a foster carer?
Don’t hesitate and just take that first step. There’s lots of advice, guidance and training available which will help you to decide if it’s the right role for you and your family.

What have been your biggest achievements as a foster carer?
Guiding and teaching teenagers the skills they need to be able to move onto independent living, and watching them succeed in life. We also looked after a very poorly baby with heart issues overcome his problems and then move onto a very successful adoption where he is happy with his new forever family.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

Phone us

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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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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