Hennie’s Story

Archived: Posted April 25, 2016

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Foster carers come from various walks of life, but they all make an enormous contribution to the lives of children and young people in care. Here, specialist foster carer Hennie tells us why she started fostering, the challenges that come with looking after young people with complex needs and the rewards of a career in care with FCA.

“I’ve always worked with children, and fostering was something I had thought about for a long time. I used to run a pre-school but then my husband, Colin, and I decided to take a year out and went travelling around the world. When we came home we decided the time was right to look into fostering, our children were grown up and had left home and we felt we had a lot to give a young person.

“Six years on and we’ve looked after over 15 children and young people, including youngsters who have previously lived in residential units. Caring for teenagers with complex emotional needs and difficult behaviours can be challenging but I’ve never looked back on my decision, it’s compelling and rewarding and you really can make a difference to a young person.

“The training FCA has provided has been really helpful and I cannot fault the ‘Out of Hours’ support. Training in teenage behaviour, child brain development and dyslexia really helps you to empathise and understand the young people you look after and there is always someone at the end of the phone when you need advice or even just a kind ear. FCA provides carers with support and therapy groups too which gives us an opportunity to meet up and share stories.

“The best part of fostering is being able to show young people a safe and stable environment, include them into your family and teach them what life can be like in a caring home. And even if you don’t see a change in a young person right away, the work you do will stick with them and could make a big difference in their future.”

 

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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.

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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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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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