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Agnes and Rob's story

Thames Valley foster parent Agnes and husband Rob first applied to be foster parents in 1984.

October 6 2020 - 4 min read

Thames Valley foster parents Agnes and husband Rob first applied to be foster parents in 1984. Despite having their own family they wanted more children. So when Agnes saw an advert in a local newspaper recruiting for fostering families she thought it would be perfect.

In 2002, she transferred to FCA, and to date Agnes has fostered a staggering 116 children and is still counting!  Dedicating half of her life to fostering children, earlier this year Agnes was named The Sun Newspapers Fabulous Foster Mum of the Year, what an impressive accolade.

Over the years Agnes has fostered teenagers and siblings, but for the last ten years has focused on more specialist fostering known as parent and child. Where a young parent usually a mother and baby come and stay at a foster home during a time when they need extra support.

Agnes said “FCA are brilliant, I have been really impressed with the support and there is always someone there when needed.  For me fostering has been very rewarding, especially when a parent and child go home together. When it comes to fostering it’s your individual abilities that matter, but one of the most crucial skills needed is patience. My advice to new foster parents if you think you are nervous think about how a young person is feeling!”.

Are you ready to start your fostering journey? Or maybe you just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you.  All you need to do is contact us and we can talk to you about what is involved.

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