For those that do not know, Jim and I are in the final stages of becoming foster parents. It is something that has been on my heart for a long time. Even before we were married or had a house I knew I wanted to care for children that, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in the care of others.
Along the journey, as we have spoken to people about what we are doing, it has surprised me by the amount of people that are interested in fostering themselves, but have never taken the plunge.
I honestly was really nervous starting the process. I thought it would be intense and serious and invasive. That is not what I have found at all.
We are working and training alongside wonderful people. The agency we are working with are very friendly and approachable. They genuinely care and want the best for the children in their care. They seem to care about our wants and wishes and we have already built wonderful friendships.
The agency offer a huge range of training and advise for training and trained foster carers, so you never feel like you are on your own.
They offer financial guidance and support to enable any suitable persons to foster. Whatever current financial circumstances look like.
The process has actually been very enjoyable for us. We adore our wonderful form f assessor. She made us feel very at ease, as if we were talking with a friend.
We are now awaiting a date for our panel interview, to decide if we are suitable foster carers. We are hopeful that we will get the right answer.
Yesterday was world adoption day. There are 70,000 children currently in care in England alone.(2015 figures) This is a huge amount of children that will benefit from a loving and safe environment.
If you are interested in hearing more about our experience, the process in more detail or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me either in the comments section below or through a private message. I would be honoured to play a part in your journey to foster care.
For now, please think of us as we finalise this process and begin our next chapter of our lives.