“A good friend of mine was a foster carer and I would help to babysit occasionally, it seemed like such a rewarding job. At this point, I was very successful in my job as a regional branch manager for Leeds Building Society but after considering fostering, my job didn’t seem as interesting anymore. I knew it would be a lovely change to do something worthwhile, so I resigned and became a full-time foster carer in 2012.
My husband Andrew, an IT Manager, and our birth children were extremely supportive of this choice which was important as my children were still living at home at this point.
We offered respite care initially to make sure fostering was for us. We spent a couple of weeks looking after a toddler who was very cute but very naughty! Seeing his smile while we cared for him just made it so worth it.