Keen to break stigmas around single people not being able to foster, Jan wants to tell her fostering story in the hope that it encourages other single people to become foster carers.
Following a career as a social worker for the local authority, where Jan helped adults with learning difficulties, Jan first began fostering with FCA Scotland in 2011. Asked why she first considered fostering, Jan said:
“I’d been considering a career change for a few years as I was tired of spending so much time away from home with my social care job. However I wanted to continue caring for vulnerable people. I also had a three bedroom home to myself! So with plenty of space to offer those in need a home, fostering seemed like a great choice. I was cautious initially, so I chose to take a two year career break rather than formally quitting, just in case it didn’t work out. Luckily, it’s worked out brilliantly, and I never did end up returning to that job!”
Since 2011, Jan has fostered four children in total. Two long-term placements and two on short-term arrangements. Jan is currently fostering one young boy with special needs, who has been in her care for four years. She has recently applied for permanency, and if granted, this would mean that he will stay with Jan until he’s 21.
“The young boy that I’m currently caring for has multiple special needs. At the start it was the saddest case that I’ve taken on. At almost eight years old, he was unable to carry out basic tasks such as holding a knife and fork and communicating with peers. I saw the potential in him from the get go though, and home schooled him for six months, as school was very difficult for him. We weren’t given the option of SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools, and his mainstream schools placements broke down because of his ADHD and other learning difficulties.
Discussing specific challenges encountered as a foster carer so far, Jan said:
“Gaining the trust of the child is always difficult, particularly because all children remain loyal to their families regardless of circumstance. It is important not to take anything too personally during this initial phase, and to help the young person learn to manage their feelings and actions.”
“Of course, the highlights have far outweighed any challenges that I’ve come up against. Watching young people break their own boundaries, shock themselves and discover a new kind of self-belief because of this is amazing to see. Watching young people achieve things that others take for granted makes the whole process worthwhile.”
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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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