“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.
Meet foster carers Susan and Brian
August 14 2023
Foster carer Susan urges anyone who wants to take up fostering but hasn’t taken the plunge yet to “just do it".
“It’s lovely to see the difference from when they first came to you, to the confident young people they are growing into.”
October 26 2022
Foster carer Linda from North Lanarkshire shares her fostering highlights over the past 18 years, and the support she’s had with FCA Scotland.
“It will have its challenges, but it is the most rewarding job you’ll ever do in your life.”
October 24 2022
Meet Denise, a foster carer from Fife who left a career in education to dedicate the last 13 years to providing looked-after children with a happy, caring, and loving home.
“It’s brilliant to know that you are not alone, there are other people there to help you in this journey that you are on with the children.”
October 21 2022
Meet foster carers, Elaine and Iain from North Lanarkshire, who talk about the importance of using FCA Scotland’s wrap-around team of support.
“FCA Scotland has always been very family orientated, there is always someone at the end of the phone”
October 19 2022
Meet Angela, a long-term foster carer who shares her fostering journey, and why she’s fostered with FCA Scotland for over 10 years.
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