To me fostering means looking after children that can't live with their parents, grandparents etc at that specific time and giving them the love and reassurance they need to live a happy life ( which every child deserves) until they either go back and live with their family or go to another carer and their family.
I have been fostering for 1 and a half years now, I have had lots of experiences thoughts and feelings through fostering when we received our first child I was really excited I wanted to buy him loads of toys as he was only 3 days old!
Much is made of the amazing qualities foster carers have; and rightly so. To open your home and your heart to a child in need takes patience, perseverance and a great deal of empathy, to name but a few qualities. But it's all too easy to overlook the fact that, in many cases, it's not just the foster carer who opens up their home to a child in need, it's the whole family.
As the new term starts, I’m grateful that I’m beyond the age to be dragged around the shops to pick up new items of uniform, including shoes with enough room to grow into. Or in the latter educational years, packing up the car to be greeted with the bare brick walls of a new university hall, armed with only a familiar duvet cover and a wardrobe of decidedly odd clothes.