You can read the transcript of the video below.
We decided to start fostering because some friends of ours had been fostering for a period of time. We’d always been involved with youth groups such as Scouts and Guides and we went to visit them and they said, why don’t you foster because the foster children here get on really well with you?
The most rewarding thing for us as foster carers is becoming part of an extended family. We are so fortunate that some, not all, but some of the children and their families want us to remain part of that. And that is just so lovely.
I just love children. I love working with them. I enjoy every minute with them.
A few days ago I was visiting my son and I could hear children in the nearby garden laughing. And it suddenly dawned on me that we help children do that who may not have that opportunity before.
The nurturing, taking them on holiday, seeing their little faces when you do things with them, even a day of art and crafts, the little faces on those children.
I get a lot of support from Slough. Our social worker is absolutely amazing. Whenever we phone her or need anything, she’s on the ball straight away, isn’t she?
The range of training available is just phenomenal. A lot of it is tailored to the children that we’re actually looking after at the time. The benefits of fostering for us, I think is just knowing that we can make a difference.
Diane and Tony Harrison are foster carers with Slough Children First.
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