Foster Carers' Stories

Real life accounts from our foster carers about their inspiration to foster, their personal fostering journey and their first-hand experience of caring for looked after children

Julie and Mick's Fostering Story

Mick and I started fostering nearly 14 years ago. I had always wanted to foster, but as our own kids came along – we have 2 boys and 2 girls - the possibility got further and further away. But life has a funny way of changing and making possibilities become reality!

In 2002 my brother and his wife, who were already foster carers, put us forward as part of their support network. One day their social worker approached us to provide respite care for the three little lads my brother was fostering at the time. After...

Andrew's Fostering Story

Andrew and his wife live in Carlisle and have been fostering for nearly two years. Their fostering journey began after they adopted their daughter.

What inspired you to consider fostering?

"We adopted our own daughter just over four years ago and before she came home to us she was in foster care for two years. We have so much love for her we wondered what would have ever happened to her if there were no foster carers...