A Day in the Life of Michael

Archived: Posted March 19, 2013

Core Assets Fostering - NIMichael, a foster carer from Northern Ireland, tells us about a typical day in his household.

“Choosing to work as a foster carer for Core Assets Fostering is the best career choice I’ve ever made and has brought so many rewards.”

Michael’s journey began when he saw an advert for fostering in his local paper. After 25 years as a coach builder, he decided it was time for a career change. He knew he could offer a secure family environment and, after raising three daughters, had valuable parenting experience.

Seven years later, after caring for 14 young people, Michael has a rewarding career and enjoys making a difference to the lives of vulnerable youngsters on a daily basis.

Michael’s two adult daughters still live at home. Fostering’s enriched their lives too and sparked their decision to become respite carers so they can support their parents. Michael and his family have never looked back on their decision to foster – they only wish they’d started earlier!

What a typical day looks like…

7am: My day begins like most families with school age children. I make breakfast for the youngsters, iron their uniforms, prepare their lunch, check they’ve done their homework and they’re ready for school.

8am: I drop the children off at school then walk the dog around the local park. Then I’m left with a bit of free time to tidy the house and tackle the over-flowing laundry basket!

10am: I get plenty of opportunities for training and development at Core Assets Fostering. Today, I attend a training session called ‘Men who Foster,’ a great opportunity to speak to other male foster carers and build up my ‘support network’. This support makes all the difference to my daily tasks. I enjoy feeling part of a professional team and know there’s always someone to turn to for advice.

2pm: While I’m in the office, I catch up with my social worker to discuss any issues I have with my current placements and run any ideas past her. She also talks about different referrals that are coming in to see if we might be able to look after more young people in the coming months.

2.30pm: I dash off to do the school pick up and find time to speak with the children’s teacher about how they’ve been doing in class. Their teacher and I fill in a diary to record this information. It’s important I speak with the teacher so we can discuss any issues. I encourage and reward the children if they’re making improvements at school.

4pm: If the weather’s nice, we go to the park before popping to the supermarket to pick something up for dinner. Once we get back to the house the children start their homework and my wife or I will help if needed. Sometimes the children will meet with a Core Assets Fostering Education Officer who gives them some extra support.

5.30pm: Dinner is a family affair for us so we all sit around the table and spend some quality time together discussing our day. It’s important for the kids to practise manners and get used to a routine, some looked after young people aren’t used to eating dinner together or even using a knife and fork.

6.30pm: We have a bit of downtime with the children watching TV or playing games before getting bathed and ready for bed. Bedtime can be a challenge sometimes but we’ve had training on how to deal with each situation, this is where the support from Core Assets really helps.

8pm: Once the children are settled in bed I do a bit of paperwork, recording what’s happened with them during the day. I make sure I’ve got an idea of diary appointments for the next day which might include making arrangements for birth family contact after school.

9pm: After a busy day it’s nice to unwind and relax with the family so we make sure we always leave time for this. As fostering involves the whole family we make sure we’re always on hand to support each other and share the tasks. Working as a foster carer for Core Assets Fostering’s been so rewarding, is the best career choice I’ve ever made.

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