Fostering Community Champions, funded by the Big Lottery, is an exciting four year project that aims to improve the outcomes of children in care by reducing the isolation experienced by many foster carers and helping young people to use their experience of foster care in a positive and meaningful way. Thirty six foster carers and 12 young people from fostering households will be trained to provide peer support to foster families across Scotland. They stood there looking at me, not taking their eyes off me at each step I took towards the car. At that moment every memory that I had made with them came flooding back. I didn’t know what to think as I waved goodbye to them. I wished that we could have helped them more, made an even bigger improvement to their lives. But we couldn’t. They were gone.
Fostering is not for everyone. It is hard work and you get days where you feel every emotion simultaneously. But each day you get the overwhelming feeling of knowing that you have helped a child in some way and I cannot think of anything more rewarding. You build connections that are irreplaceable and you only hope that you have made a lasting memory for the children. The Fostering brings together everyone who is involved in the lives of fostered children and young people to lead, inspire, motivate and support them to make foster care better.