Colin and Estelle
Fostering is something we had always wanted to do. Both my children had grown up and then the company I worked for made my department redundant. So we discussed it as a family, as it impacts on everybody that lives in the house.
Once we had made the decision, I phoned Lorimer Fostering and had a talk with Billy. We then all sat down and talked it through some more, and then asked them to put us forward to the next stage of the process.
We knew it was not going to be easy but can be very rewarding as we had adopted my youngest daughter. We found the pre panel training very interesting and it made us think “Is this really for us?”
Once you have been approved and the children’s referrals start to come through, it’s important to make sure you are honest and say if you feel the child is not right for your family. By being honest this will make it better for everyone, as you want the placement to work.
Once we had a child coming we found this very exciting but it also made us very nervous, as you are having a stranger coming into your house.
The child we have placed with us has been great and we have a very strong attachment with him. He is part of our family and is treated like one of our own children. By doing this it has made him feel part of the family and given him more confidence and he has grown into a great boy.
It is not always easy but I feel he has made a good impact on our family and we have on him. This is very rewarding when you see them grow and make friends.