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Wendy & James’ story

Wendy & James were fostering for 7 years with a different foster care provider, before transferring to Jay Fostering 6 months ago. We were delighted to award them with Carer of the Month for June and took the opportunity to ask Wendy more about the couple’s fostering journey so far.

“What made you decide to become a foster carer?” 

“Having been fostered myself, from the age of 2 until I was 18, I feel that I have lots of empathy for children in care. James gets on well with all children, being as he is a big kid himself!” 

“How long did you think about fostering before you applied?”

“It was something that I wanted to do for a long time, but wanted to wait until my own two children had grown up and become independent.”

“Did you have any reservations about fostering before you applied?”

“No, not really. Until you start to foster you don’t really know if you’re going to be able to do it. Training is extremely valuable and you learn day by day.”

“What did you do before you fostered?”

“For the previous 15 years, James and I ran our own taxi business.”

“What skills do you feel that you bring to the role of a foster carer?”

“A stable and loving home full of fun and opportunities. Being a good advocate for the children to get the best outcomes.”

“What is the most enjoyable thing about fostering?”

“The rewards with each child are different but to know that we have made a difference to a child’s life, no matter how long or short their stay with us has been, is amazing.”

“What has been the most difficult part of fostering?”

“Each child comes into care for different reasons and therefore they each have their own issues. Some have been really challenging and complex, but we carry on doing our best no matter how difficult it gets.”

“What support do you receive from Jay?”

“We are relatively new carers to Jay Fostering, having moved over from another foster care provider, but the support has been good, all the staff are friendly and our Supervising Social Worker is very supportive.”

“Would you recommend becoming a foster carer to anyone else?”

“I wish there were more foster carers as there is obviously a shortfall nationally. To say anyone can foster simply isn’t true, it takes a lot of different skills, but with the right support and training most people could do it if they wanted to.

Becoming a foster carer has been one of the best decisions we have made. Hopefully our experience will continue to grow and we will be able help as many children as we can.”

Thank you for sharing Wendy. The passion for fostering that you and James have, and the commitment to the children in your care, is inspiring – Jay Fostering.