Andy and Suzanne’s story, Manchester
“Before becoming a foster carer I was a logistics controller at a well-known CD company. My wife works in a primary school as a teaching assistant.
Suzanne often came home from work and talked about children that she just wanted to bring home and give a bath, clean pyjamas and a comfy bed to sleep in. This was the trigger for fostering and after many lengthy conversations and deciding who was giving up their job, Suzanne made the call. Suzanne was going to give up her job and become the main foster carer. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I was made redundant so we decided that I would take the role as the main carer, but we would go through the process together.
We started our initial training and it really opened our eyes at this point. We knew that we wanted to give a child/children or young person a safe and warm place to live and to feel needed. The assessment process was long and in-depth and to be honest it felt quite invasive. We knew it had to be though. When we were approved as foster carers we were over the moon and couldn’t wait for our first placement.
We asked plenty of questions and did not have any hesitation in saying yes to our first placement. We were very nervous but also very excited knowing we were going to make a difference to a child’s life.
Being foster carers makes us both proud of what we have achieved in the last two and a half years. There are ups and downs as in any family, but having good supportive children and a good network of people around us really helps. We get 24/7 support with our link worker and all the out of hours staff are just on the other end of the phone day and night even for what you may feel is insignificant. They are there listening to you and giving professional advice and guidance.
To be a foster parent is an amazing thing. We look at it this way – if something happened, would there be somebody willing to take care of our kids? People have a lot of respect for what you do and deep down so do these children who didn’t ask to be born or brought up in a poor environment. “
“To be a foster parent is an amazing thing. We look at it this way – if something happened, would there be somebody willing to take care of your kids?”
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