Dave’s story

Archived: Posted April 25, 2016

Foster carer Dave ChurchyardDave 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, finishing his career at RAF Halton, Dave knew he wanted to continue to make a difference as he approached retirement. When he came across information about our partnership with the RAF, Dave experienced his lightbulb moment.

“When I first heard about the scheme that Foster Care Associates (FCA) runs, I thought, ‘How fantastic!’, says Dave. The scheme arranges for children of serving personnel to be placed with other military families during short-term deployments. He continues: “I immediately looked into it further, and I learned more about the non-RAF children out there also needing placements, and the training and the support network provided by FCA”.

“My wife is still serving and her teenage son still lives with us in our family quarters, but both my own sons are now living away at university. With all the spare room at home and the prospect of having lots of spare time on my hands when I retired, it suddenly became clear to me that fostering was the ‘something new’ I’d been looking for to fill it.”

Dave, together with his wife, has looked after several children and young people on respite and short-term placements. “It’s been an incredibly enriching, rewarding experience and something I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with the room in their lives and their homes to do it.

“I knew I was in for a big change – my day to day life was certainly going to be very different to life in my work as an engineer. I knew I’d be constantly learning and so I am glad I started this exciting new chapter of my life.”

Dave is one of many foster carers at FCA with a military background. He describes why he thinks this could be: “All across the military there’s a big focus on leadership, loyalty, patience, working as a team and looking out for each other – all skills and qualities that lend themselves well to fostering.”

We provide ongoing comprehensive support to all foster carers including training, financial allowances, access to carer support groups and organised family activities – all contributing factors as to why FCA placements are 22% more stable than the national average.

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