Liz and Rob’s story, Darlington
Liz and Rob have been foster carers for Swiis since 2006. They have two grown up daughters who live independently but who are actively involved with fostering.
Liz and Rob are both full time carers; Rob took early retirement so that he could devote more time to fostering. They work very well together as a team and are very supportive to young people who are placed with them. They enjoy family activities and days out, walking, fishing, and outdoor pursuits in the Lake District. They love to include young people in the activities they do and have lots of happy and fun times.
Liz and Rob are very family- focused people. Their extended family welcomes all young people into their family environment. They have cared for a variety of young people and helped them to cope with many issues in their lives. A particular strength they have is working with birth families and relatives of young people, supporting effective contact as appropriate, while ensuring that the young person remains their main focus.
Liz and Rob have experience of working with young people from different ethnic backgrounds and actively promote equality and diversity. They have proved to be excellent advocates for young people. All young people are treated fairly and the carers work alongside other professionals to meet the overall needs of young people and adhering to their Care Plans. Liz and Rob enjoy being foster carers and dealing with new challenges. Despite all their experience, they realise that they are always learning and enjoy this aspect of fostering.
Their family home is a happy place and there is always a lot of laughter in this warm and caring environment. Liz and Rob are open and honest in their communication with young people and have demonstrated that they are both very good listeners. They have given young people the opportunity to talk about any issues, without being judgmental.
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