Most people think fostering is a cranky old woman/man who looks after some badly behaved children, for example the inaccurate program on the CBBC channel which only shows it from the foster kids point of view.
Fostering is different. I am not a very emotional person but even I felt empathy for some of the children that we have fostered. I cannot imagine not having both my parents there and having them tell me they love me each night I go to bed.
Some of the entrants in this year's blogging competition have kept their blogs short and sweet! Here are a few of our favourites:
Today's blog comes from El, who saw our Sons & Daughters blogs on Twitter and was inspired to share her own experiences about growing up with foster carers for parents.
The i’s have been dotted and t’s have been crossed, and we can now announce the 15 local authorities that we will be working with to March 2014 to support them in their recruitment of foster carers.
Hello, my name is Bailey. My family have been fostering for 2 ½ years now. We foster children from 0-18 years with a preference of 0-6 years. Overall we have had 5 placements, all boys, one of which was a placement of siblings.
My name is Robbie and I live with my mum and dad, my brother Jamie and my two new sisters Shannon and Paige, and the baby.
There are always the good times and bad times, fostering has no exceptions there will always be a tear to shed once a child has gone, may it be tears of joy from the new family or carers or tears of sorrow to have to say goodbye to a loved family member and friend as they leave to somebody else.
My name is Paige and my family foster children who need looking after.
My foster brother came into my family in May 2012. I was at a school trip to M&Ds when he came. He was six months old when we got him.