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My Fostering Story

My Fostering Story

My Fostering Story

My Fostering Story,

At the age of 8 years old, I was placed into the care system due to at that time not being able to live with my biological mum. I was in foster care for 10 years in total; to begin with, I was placed with one family for 1 year. However, after 1 year of me being at the home, the placement broke down and was no longer suitable for me. I then moved to the placement that I lived in for the next 11 years. Initially, this placement was only going to be temporary, however as I got on so well with my foster carers and felt so comfortable and at home, it became a long-term placement for me.

Sunbeam placed me with foster carers who were very similar to me, where I was instantly made to feel at home with them. Over the past 9 years, I have received so much love and support from my carers. When moving to my long-term placement at the age of 10 I was placed into a new school where I was able to build up a great circle of friends. I began to really enjoy going to school every day and started to take more of an interest in different subjects. I then progressed onto secondary school where I sat my GCSEs. The whole way throughout my journey, my foster parents were very supportive and helped me to keep focus and pass my exams.

From completing my GCSEs, I then went on to take my A-levels at 6th Form. With thanks to my foster carers who had my best interests in mind, they helped push me through my education to ensure I got the best outcome possible. I was then able to have the option to go to University and study further, where I am now studying business management. Now being 19 and having such a great bond and relationship with my foster family I still have my room at home where I return to in between terms.

My foster family have given me amazing memories that will stay with me forever. They have taken me on many different amazing trips. One of my favourite trips was visiting Africa; this was my first time ever going on an aeroplane. I am so grateful to have experienced such an amazing trip. My favourite fostering memory was overlooking the Savanah, with all the wildlife and the remarkable sunset. It was a real magical moment.

My foster carers have provided me with such a safe and loving home and given me all the support and that extra push that I needed at times. I am now studying at university and this is something that I never thought I would be able to do. I am so grateful for them!

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This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

Foster Carer
Foster Carer

We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

Hannah and Kashif
Hannah and Kashif

“Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

Asma
Asma

“When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

Karen Thorn
Karen Thorn