Hi, we’re Al and Hummerah

This is our Fostering Story

Al and Hummerah have been Swiis Foster Carers since 2012. They are currently looking after two teenage sisters. Al shares their fostering journey…

Their fostering journey in numbers


from application to welcoming their first fostering placement



since they started fostering

Most days we say we wish we had done it earlier!

“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.

We made them feel welcome and comfortable with us, they loved the Xbox we had and the offer of takeaways! They were supposed to just stay for the weekend but they stayed for 6 months. It was a great introduction to fostering.

I love the challenge that fostering brings, it is very rewarding. Obviously keeping them warm, safe and well fed is important but it’s so much more than that; teaching them life skills so that when they are out in the big wide world they have the right skills to deal with what comes their way.
The girls we are looking after long-term have had the experience of travelling to New York and LA with us and they just loved that. Being able to give them different views of life that they wouldn’t have had otherwise is very pleasing.
To anyone considering becoming a foster carer I would say give it a go but make sure you do it with an agency who can offer you real support because you will need it. With Swiis we knew we would never be alone, it really feels like there is a whole team of us doing this together. Most days we say we wish we had done it earlier!”

If Al and Hummerah’s fostering story has inspired you, speak to someone in our team about becoming a foster carer. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you have – big or small!

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