Foster Couple Retire After Caring for 100+ Children
On the 9th December, the Sunderland Echo gave their spotlight to a married couple who have truly been a backbone to their community, providing shelter for more than 100 children during their selfless careers.
Marie and Phil Mould – who raised five of their own children, with six grandchildren also in the picture – began their fostering journey in 1980 for Catholic Care. Eight years later they went on to become carers for Sunderland City Council, where they have stayed for the past 25 years.
Throughout this time of caring for so many children, they made a point of “helping each one move back to family members or onto an adoptive family” – a resounding success given the complexity of each and every foster placement.
The Echo cites Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children’s’ services: “Marie remembers her first placement from us well. A little boy who went on to be adopted by another family and is now a 25 year old electrician,
who still sends a Christmas card every year.” She continues: “it is because of carers such as Marie and Phil that children’s services are able to provide loving and safe environments to children … [without their efforts] we would not be able to protect some of society’s most vulnerable children”.
Marie explains her pride at “the career we’ve had in fostering”; that despite some difficult times, finding the joy in each and every child along the way made it all worthwhile: “It’s great when the children keep in touch – some are even sending us photos of their own children”.
The article also reveals that Marie’s caring career will not totally end with her retirement from fostering in her own home; she plans on continuing her training of adoptive parents, as well as on joining the Sunderland County panel to approve hopeful foster carers in future.
For our team at Perpetual Fostering, there’s no greater reward for our work than hearing that children successfully transition through placements, and ultimately through society at large. Hearing the glowing reports such as these proves the difference foster carers make to countless children’s lives, and that’s to say nothing of the passion Marie and Phil have shown through their work.