Siblings follow in parents' fostering footsteps
Our parents can give us lots of things in life. The colour of our hair or eyes, the language we speak and even our taste in music. But for four children in the county, they’ve been inspired by their parents to help other children.
Ruth and Martin, have been fostering in Gloucestershire for over 13 years and have five children of their own aged 12, 18, 23, 25 and 27.
The experience of growing up as a fostering family has helped to shape the lives of their children and inspired them in their own career choices.
The eldest of Ruth and Martin’s children is 27 year old Beth. She is a senior staff member in a children's residential home and says it was her childhood growing up with foster children that influenced her choice of career.
“Growing up with my parents fostering children was beneficial to me as I was able to help look after the younger children and be a big sister to them. It helped me understand that not everyone is able to be looked after in their own family and may need the help of another family to care for them.
“I believe that my career in residential children's care is boosted by the knowledge and personal experiences I gained from being in a family that fosters.”
Ellie is 25 and she works as a teaching assistant in a school that helps children with special needs.
She said; “Fostering has had a positive effect on my life, helping me decide what I wanted to do as a career.
“Fostering has given me many happy memories and I love that we can give children a fresh start in life. I'm keen to become a foster carer myself in the future.”
University student Izzy is 18 and took a sense of pride from helping to foster children. She explained that “Fostering has so many positive effects on my family life; not only does welcoming children into our home bring with it a lot of smiles and fun times but it gives our family a sense of purpose and ultimately pride in the sense that we are helping others through simply being a loving supportive family.”
The youngest daughter is 12 year old Esme is at high school and said, “I like taking the children shopping and fun places and also making new friends at Kids 4 Kids, the support group for birth children.”
As part of Foster Care Fortnight 2017, Gloucestershire County Council is holding a fostering and adoption drop in event on Sunday 21st May at Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA from 10am to 2pm.
It’ll be an opportunity for people interested in becoming a foster carer to speak with staff and carers to find out how rewarding it can be.
The council accepts applications to foster from all sectors of the community. There is no upper age limit to foster and people can be single, married, co-habiting, in a heterosexual or same sex relationship, own or rent their home.
Applicants need to be over 21 and have a spare room (or spare rooms for siblings) in their home.
For more information contact the county council’s fostering team on 01242 532654 or go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering.