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Five minutes with: Bunni, foster carer

Five minutes with: Bunni, foster carer

In our ‘5 minutes with’ column, we chat with foster carer Bunni who gives insight into her inspiration to become a foster carer and what the fostering assessment process is like.  If you’ve been interested in becoming a foster carer then this is a must read for background on the experience and commitment to helping children and young people that foster carers possess.  What was…

5 minutes with: Doreen, foster carer

5 minutes with: Doreen, foster carer

In our ‘5 minutes with’ column, we chat with new foster carer Doreen who gives insight into her inspiration to become a foster carer and what the fostering assessment process is like. If you’ve been interested in becoming a foster carer then this is a must read for background on the key steps in the application process, and the commitment…

5 minutes with: Mandy, foster carer

5 minutes with: Mandy, foster carer

In our new ‘5 minutes with’ column, we’ll be inviting some of our foster carers and OwnLife team to share with us some of their tips and advice on being a professional foster carer and working within the fostering sector. Here, we get the lowdown from Mandy who is a new foster carer with OwnLife Fostering. What was your inspiration…

Being a foster carer…one year on

Being a foster carer…one year on

Paula lives with her son and daughter as well as their dog Tilly. Based in Beckenham, Paula decided to become a foster carer 18 months ago as she wanted to provide a safe, comfortable home and a happy home life with lots of fun and laughter for a child or young person in need of foster care. Paula’s outgoing, energetic…

Ongoing support for foster children

Ongoing support for foster children

The Fostering Network raises the profile of the importance of foster carer’s maintaining an ongoing connection with children formerly in their care. The Fostering Network’s latest campaign is about keeping foster carers and children connected. In fact, their ‘Keep Connected’ campaign is “calling on everyone – including governments, social work professionals, fostering services, foster carers and adopters – who plays…

Portrait of a carer: Sharday

Portrait of a carer: Sharday

The experience of being a special guardian inspired Sharday to consider fostering. She is already a mum to four children, now aged 16, 10, 5 and 3. Sharday explains: “I was going to wait until my youngest was five before fostering, but a friend encouraged me to start the application process sooner rather than later. So, just over a year ago,…

Portrait of a carer: Susan

Portrait of a carer: Susan

A lengthy career in nursing was the perfect experience for Susan to become a foster parent. Susan and her husband had considered fostering many times over the years whilst bringing up their two sons (now 19 and 24). The catalyst for the decision to follow their dreams and change the direction of their lives was when husband David suffered a…