Over the last two weeks, here at FCA we’ve been celebrating Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight – the UK’s biggest fostering awareness campaign to raise the profile of how foster care transforms lives.
To shine a light on the incredible work our foster parents do each day, we’ve been sharing across our social platforms our wonderful foster parents' own personal reasons why they care about fostering and how they’ve made a difference to a child or young person’s life.
Every year, thousands more foster families are needed up and down the UK to provide a safe and loving home to vulnerable children and young people. To provide a home for just one child is one of the most enriching and rewarding decisions you will ever make. That’s why it’s so important to hear from those who have experienced it, and hear all the joy they get from seeing a child thrive in their care.
Take a look at our top reasons #WhyWeCare in the FCA Family:
“The difficult days are worth it when you see a young person in your care on a day when they are relaxed, content and smiling”.
Foster Parent with FCA – 11 months
“All children no matter what their circumstance deserve to have a loving and caring family that will nurture them and love them unconditionally without prejudice, without judgement.”
Foster Parent with FCA – 4.5 years
“Seeing the children and young people build their confidence and resilience once they feel safe and happy.”
Foster Parent with FCA – 3 years
“The small day-to-day things of having children in the home; the smiles, the giggles, questions and achievements.”
Foster Parent with FCA – 4 years
“We love seeing a happy child. Children learning to smile again and enjoy their childhood is what matters”
Foster Parent with FCA – 9 years
“The young people I have had in my care have all gone on to be amazing young adults. I have a little one who is on a long hard journey but with us to hold her hand she will come out the other side.”
Foster Parent with FCA - 9.5 years
“There was a girl at the school where I worked who was being moved into the care system. I realised I wanted to open my home to children who couldn't live with their birth families.”
Foster Parent with FCA – 4 years
“I was looking to do something that would change the lives of young people, to make a positive contribution.”
Foster Parent with FCA - 4.5 years
"One of our long term fostering placements is a constant reminder that we made the right decision to foster. With our support he gained 7 GCSE’s, full school attendance and has now gone on to complete an apprenticeship programme. He is an absolute credit to our family and fostering experience as a whole."
Foster Parent with FCA - 10 years
"It’s wonderful to watch foster children accomplish their goals and develop new skills in life that will help them in their future. It’s a very rewarding career and you work from home. Fostering has given me a positive purpose in life."
Foster Parent with FCA – 10 years
If you feel you can make a difference in a child or young person’s life, then we want to hear from you. Get in touch today to start your fostering journey.
“I wasn’t going to give up on him, no matter what”
October 20 2023
Celia was determined to give her foster child the best life she could, she said: “Lewis* came from a really difficult background, things were tough. But I wasn’t going to give up on him, no matter what.”
"Thinking about fostering? Our advice: just do it!"
October 16 2023
We caught up with foster parent Angie who has been fostering with us since 2015 along with husband Paul. She shared with us their fostering story…
“Moving to FCA was one of the best things I ever did, I can’t recommend them enough”
September 18 2023
Meet foster parent Georgia from Newcastle who started fostering at 24. She shares her fostering highlights after she recently transferred to FCA from a local authority. Now with her partner, the couple look after a sibling group of two.
“FCA are fantastic with all the events and activities for children of all ages”
September 14 2023
Lesley has been fostering with FCA for over 10 years, and has made a huge difference to the lives of two siblings who have been with her long term. She shares all about the support she’s received from FCA over the past decade.
“I’ve only got good things to say about the support, there is always someone at the end of the phone - day or night.”
September 1 2023
Meet foster parent Elaine who has been fostering for nearly a decade. She shares her advice to those thinking about fostering, and the first-class support she’s received from FCA throughout her journey.