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fostering for a moment.
Linda

Linda’s Story

Linda had wanted to care for a child for many years but a number of worries held her back. Her main concerns were based around the level of support she would receive when she became responsible for a child. By taking the decision to foster instead, Linda found she did have that support. In fact, after suffering the tragic loss of her partner during her first placement, Linda found she had more support than she could have ever wished for.

“I have not regretted fostering for a moment. I just wish I had done this years ago. It is so fulfilling and so very worthwhile.”

Despite the trauma she endured, Linda says she has never once regretted her decision to foster – she only wishes she had done so sooner.

Applying to foster

Linda had worked in the care sector for more than 16 years, caring for the disabled and elderly, and always held an ambition to adopt. Worries about the financial implications and the support available had, however, deterred her from applying to care for a child. This was until a friend advised her that fostering was also an option.

“At first I was concerned I would get too attached to a child if I fostered. But after talking to people I realised the value of a foster carer’s work and how much it means to the child. I also knew there would always be other children who needed caring for and this was a good thing to do,” Linda said.

“I had doubts. I was thinking what if I’m not approved, what then? I waited about six months before applying but I always knew I could do it. And when I spoke to friends they were very encouraging, so I went for it.”

Feeling supported

After talking to Perpetual Fostering, Linda was reassured that the support she required would be available to her. Not only would she be paid but she would also receive training and 24 hour professional support, seven days a week. There would also be a buddy system that would allow her to talk to and seek advice from experienced foster carers.

“The buddy system is a very valuable system which I’m grateful for. You can call your buddy at any time to talk, get advice or just let off some steam – it can be hard at times and sometimes that is just what you need to do,” said Linda.

The placement

Within two weeks of being approved as a foster carer, Linda was matched with a nine year boy. However, it was not long before Linda’s partner Dolly fell terminally ill with cancer and she needed to call upon additional support during what would be an extremely difficult time.

“It all happened very quickly, within four weeks. It was a very difficult time but the support I received from Perpetual… well, I don’t think I would have received anything like that level of support from any other employer,” Linda said.

“The child had also become very attached to Dolly and the support he received was also very important for him, as well as myself.”

During this period Linda received respite care at the appropriate times and the agency’s registered mental health nurse was also available to help her cope and come to terms with the situation. This support helped Linda to continue caring for the boy who remains in the placement.

No regrets

Despite enduring such a difficult period, Linda says she does not regret the decision to foster – claiming it has provided her with a great sense of satisfaction and fulfilment.

Linda adds: “Becoming completely responsible for someone else is life changing, and it has been a steep learning curve, but I have not regretted fostering for a moment. I just wish I had done this years ago. It is so fulfilling and so very worthwhile.”

If you would like more information about the support available to foster carers please get in touch via the Perpetual Fostering website or by telephone.

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