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.
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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.
We’ve all done it. We arrive at a support group meeting singing the praises of the child who has just arrived to live with us, and who had a reputation for very challenging behaviour but it is now an angel. We give ourselves a little pat on the back. It was easy really.
With the long summer holidays shortly upon us I thought it might be a good time to have a look at the importance of play. Play is essential for children of all ages.
One of the issues I explore in my book Happy Kids is that of respect.
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.
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.