Michelle & Andrew have been fostering with FCA Scotland for four years. Michelle worked in the care sector for 15 years and they decided it was time for a change and a career in fostering was what they wanted for their family. “I’d thought about becoming a foster carer for many years. I’m so glad that I did because I know I’ll always look back on it as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We took time to reflect on how it would change our own family and impact upon our boys who were two and eight at the time.
“From day one the team at FCA Scotland were supportive and understanding of our situation, letting us move at our own pace and providing us with all the help and advice we could possibly need. They visited us at home, talked us through what was expected of us as foster carers and how it may impact our lives. They helped us talk it over with the kids, ensuring they were fully involved. They also put us in touch with other foster carers who knew exactly where we were coming from. They really went out of their way to put us at ease and prepared us to be strong and confident carers.
“When we were approved we were allocated our own dedicated supervising social worker. She has been an amazing support, walking us through every step and ensuring we are matched with children that will work within our family. Since being approved, I’ve looked after several children with varying needs. The children placed had been through a lot – many arrived with low self-esteem, low confidence, behavioural problems and in need of massive support in developing general skills. Never underestimate yourself and what you can do. By offering stability, security and a great deal of care, support and guidance you can change a young person’s life.
“If you’re considering a move into foster care I’d say – go for it! Be prepared for it being full on. But it’s also so rewarding and varied – no two days are the same.
“You work closely with all sorts of people, including FCA Scotland, the local authority, schools etc. to ensure the children you’re looking after get everything they need. There are lots of opportunities to meet other foster carers – at the regular support groups and at family activities that FCA Scotland put on. Even better, you’re always supported be FCA Scotland with learning – I’ve recently achieved my SVQ level 3 qualification working with children and young people.
“Whilst each day has its challenges, you’re always learning and you’re always motivated by the knowledge that you’re making such a difference to the lives of these children. There’s no bigger reward than seeing the vulnerable children that come into your care leave blooming. Most of the kids we have had in our care have gone on to long-term placements and in two cases have been reunited with their birth family. Working as a foster carer you know you’re making a difference and always doing something really good and truly worthwhile.”
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.
Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)
Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.
Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000. Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.