Mo and John’s Story

Archived: Posted 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 59, from Bootle in Liverpool, together with her husband John have been foster carers with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for just over three years.  She talks about the positive impact it has made on their life and on the extended family.

Mo and John, FCA foster carers from Bootle, Liverpool

Mo and John, FCA foster carers from Bootle, Liverpool

“My husband and I had spoken about becoming foster carers for many years, however it never seemed the right moment due to family and work commitments.

“As our own family grew, and found their own path, my work life also began to change.  We had a spare room in the house, and having just completed training for a teaching assistant role I decided that I could use a lot of what I had learnt to help me with my unrealised dream of becoming a foster.  My friend is a foster carer with Foster Care Associates (FCA), and I had heard good things about their approach, so I picked up the phone and spoke to them – a call which has changed my life for the better.

“It was really important that my whole family were on board with the decision to become a foster carer, as it would affect everyone, and I would need all their support in order for it to work.  Some thought I was mad and others were really impressed and said that they would help in whatever way they could.

“Most people in our community are aware that we are foster carers, and I have made many more friends who are foster carers and who are all very supportive as they know how challenging, but very rewarding it is.

“My husband and I have worked with many different types of placements including  teenagers; some with very challenging behaviours, respite; some with disabilities, toddlers who have gone on to adoption, and short term placements who have gone home to their families.

“We decided to undertake specific training to look after Parent and Child placements (P&C), often young mothers who need to be given the stability and skills to bring up their own baby under supervision.   We are now waiting for our next P&C placement, following the success of our last who has now gone home with her baby, and I’m delighted to say has remained in contact to let us know how happy she is.  We have also fostered twins who have gone on to be adopted with a lovely family and also chose to stay in contact with us.

“FCA has helped us in our journey by providing lots of different types of training giving us the opportunity to develop our skills in order for us to understand the children and young people in our care – this has been invaluable.  At times it can be testing but then the good outweighs any uncertainties, and we know we do make a difference, no matter how small, with the children we have had.

“Helping children to live outside their birth family homes, with a wide range of needs, can be very challenging.  It involves long hours and your household will become very busy for all kinds of different reasons.  Don’t be afraid to take on the challenge as you don’t know your abilities until you try.   Always seek advice and ask questions when unsure. We are never failures, we make a difference no matter how big or small.

“Being a foster carer will change your and your family’s life forever, but in a good way. We have grown as a family by doing this job, which has made us a closer family, and a happier one too!”

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