“For us, fostering children is not about the money”
Adrian and his wife Linda are in the process of becoming foster carers. Here Adrian shares their journey so far in the hope that it can help anyone else interested in fostering children.
After many months of discussion Linda and I finally decided to take that step forward and apply to become foster carers.
During those months we had been bombarded with information from fostering agencies all over the country. Even though we only visited three websites everyone seemed to find out that we wanted to foster! Going through all this information was a task in itself but then the phone calls started morning, noon and night. It became clear to us that there is a shortage in foster parents.
We decided to meet a few agencies operating in our area and we were surprised how many wanted to tell us how much we would earn from fostering if we went with them. This was before they talked about their support structure and how they operated.
For Linda and me, it’s not about the money. Don’t get me wrong we couldn’t afford to do it without receiving a payment but the most important aspect was the support we would receive. After all, we have never fostered before and we don’t pretend to know what’s around the corner. All we know is we want to give a home to children who find themselves in bad situations at no fault of their own. So the support we would receive was a vital factor to us.
We felt very concerned that no one was showing any passion about the child. It seemed like it was just a business to them – well that’s how they came across anyway. Then Steve White from Perpetual Fostering arrived and from the start we could see the passion he had about what he did. The child’s welfare was paramount and the support Perpetual would offer through the whole process was impressive. Steve put us at ease and explained everything in a way we would understand. This is what we were looking for. We wanted to know that someone would be there to assist when needed.
So we took the step and decided to go with Perpetual and have started the assessment process. Well, we are nearly through it now and although it is obtrusive, Perpetual made the whole process very easy.
We have just completed our Skills to Foster training, where we met other members of the Perpetual team and we were glad to see they all had the same passion about their work – especially Lisa Witter, who led the training. Like Steve she really cares the child’s interest is looked after and the support is there to make sure the placement is right for everyone concerned.
We came away on a high, feeling that we had made the right decision going with Perpetual and we can’t wait to start fostering!
*If you would like to know more about the fostering children with Perpetual Fostering please get in touch and talk to our team.