“Fostering was something me and my wife had always wanted to do at the end of our working lives; take an early retirement and welcome children into our lives as we hadn’t actually had any children of our own and thought we could make a real difference to the lives of children who have lacked the care they deserve.
Our original plan was to provide respite care but we discovered early on that we liked the long-term aspect of fostering as we could see the lasting benefits we could give these children. Having spent years in health and social care as well as in youth work, I really felt I had the skills to make a positive difference in children’s lives.
We always had it in the back of our mind that we would foster, so when I walked past the Manchester Swiis office I decided to pop in to get information, the staff were so helpful and that started the ball rolling a little earlier than we had planned to!
Our family were really positive all the way through. Going through the evaluation process the comment I kept getting from our references was that I would be a brilliant dad, so that was nice to hear.
When I first got the call from Swiis of a match with two Asian boys, I panicked a little as it suddenly felt very real but when it actually happened they just slotted in.