As we come into Fostering Fortnight once again, we learn that 9,070 new foster families are needed over the next year alone, in order to meet the needs for the thousands of children who are both vulnerable and at risk of being abused or neglected.
Caring families, couples or individuals who feel that they have the capacity to give time to one or more of these children are urgently needed.
If you are able to offer the time and dedication to care for a young person, then you may be on the brink of an amazing new life challenge and rewarding career.
Being a foster carer does indeed work both ways, and this was verified when we spoke to Debbie and Mike Reynolds who have adopted one child and fostered several over the years. ‘We are commended by so many people for the life changing work we have carried out with our foster children, but the rewards for us totally outweigh the work we have done and it is an incredible experience to make a difference to a child’s life and turn it around.’ Said Mike.
Debbie told us ‘We are mum and dad to some incredible children, some of whom are now at University and working in great jobs, something we have been able to offer them with advice and support over the years.’
Debbie and Mike have taken on some very challenging young people, which turned their lives around – just as they tell us, by offering them life choices and making them aware of the outcome.
If you are considering a career or life change in a career in fostering – the rewards will be incredible for you too, and you will be supported 24/7 by the Fostering Agency of your choice.
TACT offer some amazing support with excellent on-going training, access to the local fostering team, local support groups and social events and a generous salary and benefits package.
If you have been thinking about fostering for a while, contact your local TACT office, and find out how you can begin to embark on the career that will change both your life and that of a vulnerable child.