I’d worked for 25 years as a community nurse before I took early retirement, thinking that I would love having lots of time to myself. But after six months of being at home, I was bored and wanted a new challenge, so I started to look around for something new. Middlesbrough Council’s recruitment team suggested fostering. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy but knowing that I’d be well supported by a team of social workers, and that I could really change the lives of children in my community, I thought why not give it a go!
Middlesbrough Council really helped me during the application process. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and after six months I welcomed Daniel, my first foster child. Since Daniel I’ve fostered 22 children; some have stayed with me for a couple of nights and others for much longer.
Fostering isn’t easy but the sense of achievement when a child gives me a hug, a smile, and turns a corner in their life, is really amazing.
As with any child, there are some difficult days, but my social worker is always on hand to help me, and the support I get from the Carers’ Coffee Mornings is brilliant. As well as the continuous help provided by Middlesbrough Council, my own friends have been incredibly supportive and have loved meeting my foster children – so much so that one of them has actually become a foster carer too!
Before I fostered, I didn’t think that you could be single and care for children, but now my life is happier and fuller than I ever thought it could be!
Is fostering for you? If, like Jane, you could help a child when they need it most, talk to us on 01642 201962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.