David and I have been in a relationship for 10 years now. When we met I worked as an accountant and David was a youth worker and from early in our relationship we knew we wanted to grow our family.

We wanted to help make a difference and after looking into fostering we decided that this was the right route for us. We are proud to say that we have been looking after children for seven years now.

We usually care for siblings, both of us have brothers and sisters and know how important this bond is so try and keep them together as much as possible. We have fostered more than 60 children.

All children are different, some have more complex needs than others which can be challenging, but the training and support we have received from Middlesbrough Council has really helped us to deal with some difficult situations. Knowing that we have made a difference to children when it really matters is a brilliant feeling, their faces when we remember their birthday or take them on their first holiday will stay with us forever.

Fostering has given us the big family that we always wanted. The excitement when the phone rings and we know some more children are coming to stay with us never goes away and we certainly think that fostering is the right job for us!

Is fostering for you? If, like Matthew and David, you could help a child when they need it most, talk to us on 01642 201962 or email fostering@middlesbrough.gov.uk to find out more.

The excitement when the phone rings and we know some more children are coming to stay with us never goes away.

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