On the final Saturday of Foster Care Fortnight 2013 Joanne, a foster carer from Scotland, wants to share her story of how she wasn't aware that she had made a difference until she received a surprise through her door.
My name is Pauline, I'm nearly 73 yrs old, and have fostered for West Sussex for 47 years.
Welcome to the second edition of the new Attracting and Keeping Carers blog.
Richard Field, 37, is a single male gay foster carer who lives in London. Previous to starting fostering, he worked in education 13 years and uses this knowledge to help him better support the children in his care. He has blogged about his fostering experiences for Foster Care Fortnight 2013.
Clare is a care leaver from the North East of England who has blogged about her experiences for Foster Care Fortnight 2013.
Krish Kandiah is a foster carer and Executive Director of the Evangelical Alliance. He has launched the “Home for Good” campaign to encourage Christians to play their part in finding loving homes for all the children in the UK who need one.
Stewart Duncan, a foster carer from Scotland, has blogged about his experiences for the Foster Care Fortnight celebration of fostering in Scotland day.
"Foster Care Fortnight is a time to reflect. For me it’s a time to think about the first went in to care when I was 8 years old.
I was recently asked in an interview why I began fostering and why I continue to do so despite all the frustrations and upsets that fostering can bring. The interviewer was a rather glamorous and highly motivated journalist who clearly had her sights set high.
During the Care Inquiry, we heard from over 100 children and young people about their experiences of being in care, and how the system could be improved.