“Having worked for more than 10 years with the local authority, I was ready for a change, something more of a challenge. My children had flown the nest and I found myself rattling about in a 3 bedroom house alone. Knowing that children could bring more life into this home I started to look at my options.
I researched multiple agencies and settled on FCA Scotland. The company offered much more support than other similar agencies, they were more or less available 24 hours a day. After my initial request for further information, I felt that things were managed in a very professional manner and an initial home visit to discuss things further was implemented quickly. The home visit was very informal and very informative for myself. After discussing things with my family, I started the process to foster. Every area that could be covered was, such as: personal preferences, age groups etc, all required for the necessary matching process were I to be successful.
Throughout my time with FCA Scotland I have received multiple training in various subjects that have all been relevant to my role. I have also being given the opportunity to access more courses to enhance my knowledge of the needs required by children placed in my care.
FCA has a variety of in-house staff who specialise in various forms that can be vital to assist us as foster carers to manage situations that arise from time to time. I have used all of the services available on numerous occasions, with professionals who are at the end of a phone to help and support us foster carers (even if it’s just to offload). There are many things available to us regular support groups, forums and get-togethers to help us swap experiences and feel part of a very special group, almost like an extended family. Various activities and get-togethers throughout the year keep foster carers and our children alike connected and we always have lots of fun.
I feel part of a valued and professional team of people making a difference in children and young people’s lives.”
If you are looking for a change and have a spare bedroom then get in touch today to find out how you can make a difference to a young person’s life.
“It is not a job or career; it is a way of life. It is not for everybody but if you dip your toes in and you like it, run with it”
October 13 2021
Foster carers, Elaine and Iain share their fostering journey over the past 14 years.
“It has its ups and downs but the whole fostering experience has been life changing”
August 23 2021
After four years fostering, Gail Martin, a foster carer at FCA Scotland sits down to share her experience and advice over the years.
Foster children have brought more life to my home
February 4 2021
One of our foster carers shares with us her fostering experience with FCA Scotland.
Shagufta's fostering story
December 8 2020
Foster carer Shagufta, 53, based in Edinburgh, shares her fostering journey over the past eight years.
November 24 2020
Watching young people achieve things that others take for granted makes this whole process worthwhile.
Speak to our team
Whether you're ready to start your journey or just want
to chat to an expert, we're here to help.