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Sam and Paul

Sam and Paul’s Story

Sam and Paul’s first steps into fostering began with a suggestion from their 17 year-old son Bradley. After hearing about Perpetual Fostering on the radio, Bradley recommended foster care as an option to his mum and dad. Sam and Paul were unable to have more children of her own but felt the family was still in a position to offer a loving home.

Neither Sam nor Paul grew up in a stereotypical two parent home. Sam, one of five sisters, never knew her father and Paul lost his father aged just eight – he ended up playing ‘dad’ for his younger brothers during their childhood. These early experiences encouraged Sam and Paul to consider becoming carers.

Becoming foster carers

Sam and Paul possessed many of the attributes which make good foster carers – they are enthusiastic, patient, resilient, understanding and emotionally strong. They were also able to provide a secure and stable home environment, with a spare bedroom for a foster child. Sam, however, wanted to undertake extra training before becoming a foster carer.

Sam is not a swot or academic but believed additional knowledge and skills could help deal with day-to-day fostering issues. Perpetual was able to offer that specialist training during the assessment period and this has continued ever since she was approved as a carer.

Positive outcomes

You only need to talk to Sam and Paul to appreciate the satisfaction they take away from helping children in their care. Whether it’s a shy smile, a sudden laugh, a tidy bedroom, a good school report, even a more optimistic view of the future, such positive outcomes are rewards in themselves to Sam and Paul.

Their experience illustrates that ordinary people with a determination, inner resilience and loving heart can be foster carers. Sam says, “If the thought of fostering appeals, then go for it. It’s one of the most rewarding things you could do.”

New children are coming into the care system all the time. If you feel you could be a foster carer, like Sam and Paul, please get in touch and talk it over.

 

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