We've also been talking to birth children as part of the campaign, to find out more about their lives as foster brothers and sisters.
Being part of a fostering family for 16 years, Emma, has always been a regular visitor to her parents’ home who foster. “When my parents started fostering, I already had my own family but I have spent a lot of time with the children who live with them. I have found it very rewarding being part of a fostering family and have had a good bond with children that lived with my parents. It’s just like having siblings or nieces or nephews!
“It has given my daughter a big extended family and I always feel like an Auntie. There have been difficult times, but we’ve always overcome any challenges we’ve faced.
“I’ve got many wonderful memories from over the years, such as going to Scotland as a big group, or having large Christmas meals together. All of the children we’ve looked after have always become part of our family and have been loved and accepted by us all. If I had the chance to go back in time and choose if my parents fostered or not, I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Ryan, aged 24, has been part of a fostering family for ten years. When asked about how he feels about sharing his home with foster children, he commented: “It’s been enjoyable but I find it challenging when I see my parents being treated with disrespect. I have many lovely memories though, and I love to see foster children succeed and gain confidence through the guidance they receive from our family.
“I love to also see the kinds of opportunities that we enjoyed as children shared with those we care for.”
There are over 8,500 children and young people in foster care across Yorkshire and more than 900 new foster families are needed. Regardless of age, sex or family size, foster parents play a vital part in providing a loving and stable home for children and young people in need.
May 19 2022
8 Ways to Make Your Foster Child’s Birthday Special
Having a foster child is a fantastic experience. So, how do you make your foster child’s birthday special? Read on for some tips.
April 22 2022
Can I Foster While Renting?
We’ve put together some information about mortgages for foster carers if you are a renter wanting to buy your first property.
April 22 2022
Fostering with pets
As part of National Pet Month 2022, a Yorkshire based foster child has spoken out about the benefits their furry friend brings to their life.
April 4 2022
Can I Get a Mortgage if I’m a Foster Carer?
Many foster carers wonder whether they can use their foster income for a mortgage. Foster carers should have no problem getting on the property ladder.
September 25 2019
Fostering When You Have a Child – Why You Should Consider it!
Fostering when you have a child of your own living at home can be an enriching and rewarding experience that your whole family benefits from.
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