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child holding a phone. the test reads, the ad said can you foster?

‘Can you foster?’ said the ad. We said ‘Yes, we can.’

‘The ad said, can you foster? My husband and I looked at each other. I knew what was going through my husband’s head because it was in mine, too. We had thought about becoming a fostering family for years, but it never felt like the right time. There was always something going on, or we made another excuse. Then, from nowhere, adverts appeared everywhere around fostering. The ads said, ‘Can you foster?‘ And we replied, ‘ Yes, we can.’

‘It was then that the penny dropped. We sensed a huge need for foster carers; why all the ads if there weren’t? We needed to decide and then stick with our decision. However, the ads reinforced what we already knew. Now was the right time for our family; replying to the ad was the best decision we have ever made.’

‘My husband and I have been foster carers for over 14 years; we love it. As a family, we have given a lot of love to give to a child or children; we do it because we want to make a difference in children’s lives, no matter how long they need us.’

smiling child holding a mobile phone. The text reads, the ad said, can you foster?

‘If I could sum up fostering, I would say, hand on heart, it is an amazing opportunity…’

The decision to foster was a family decision.

‘We decided as a family to welcome children into our lives with open arms and help them become a part of our family unit. We are one large family, and we embrace every child and their unique ways in our lives and hearts.’

‘When discussing becoming foster carers now, we smile because fostering children means the world to us. We are proud of our children as they help to make children settle. Thanks to them, the children feel safe and welcomed into our family unit, which is priceless.’

‘Since we took our first steps together as a fostering family, we have never looked back. We feel an immense sense of achievement. We have helped many children have a stable, safe, and loving home as a family; it’s so important for us, and why; when asked why we foster, we say, yes, in all honesty, it was the best decision we have ever made.’

‘Since we took our first steps as a fostering family, we have never looked back.’

two adults with children on their shoulders staring into the sun.

It is an honour to be trusted to care for someone else’s child.

‘As a family, we love helping care for children and making them feel safe. The feeling we get from this is watching children achieve their best potential; it is so rewarding in the smallest of ways. Also, we know we can give a child, or children, a feeling of belonging within our family. But most importantly, we are honoured to be trusted to care for someone else’s child for a while.’

‘Our foster children know my husband, and I are their primary carers. However, they are blessed with an extra-large dose of support, fun and love from each of us. As every child is unique, so are we, and we complement each other well because we all want to make a difference to children when they need us.’

The ads for foster carers were everywhere.

‘When asked why we foster or what it’s like, we’re still trying to figure out where to start. So, we saw the foster care ads on the TV, social media, and noticeboards. After fourteen years, the ads are all over the radio and even on the buses; they are everywhere and say the same: Can you foster?

We knew from the ad that children in our communities needed foster carers. Therefore, deciding to foster, a decision we had asked ourselves for years, needed making. Either we do it now or not at all. So, when we thought about it, we said, yes, we can. And we have never looked back.’

“We entered into fostering with a clear understanding and wholehearted commitment. As a family, we were confident in providing love and support. Additionally, we were determined to work with a non-profit agency that keeps children within their local communities.”

Choosing the right agency is a big decision.

‘The community in which we live is close. Everyone knows each other, and we have a strong community support network. We also know that only some are as lucky as we are. However, as a family, we have a lot of love to give to children. Therefore, choosing the right agency for us was a huge part of the decision-making.’

‘We looked at many agencies. We spoke with them, investigated what they had to offer and, eventually, chose the one that matched our family. Taking time to do this is vital; don’t believe what others say, find out for yourself, and trust your instincts. 

The significant decisions we make in life that are successful are based on knowledge and instinct. However, the decision to foster when we reply to the ads involves looking after children that are not ours; we must decide well.’

Verve recruits foster carers for the not-for-profit sector.

Verve recruits foster carers for the Not-for-Profit sector. We have successfully recruited foster carers who replied to our ads because becoming a foster carer has been on their mind for a long time. They have decided to find out more because life after the lockdown made them reassess the importance of doing things now. Fostering with a not-for-profit agency like Verve comes with its own set of benefits, including financial support and resources, to ensure that you can provide the best care for the children.

 At Verve, we take pride in our personalised approach. Our role is to find the perfect match for you and the children in our communities. 

The decision to foster is just the beginning of a journey through which we explore the type of foster care that best suits you and your family. 

We also ensure that your skills in caring for children align with the needs of the children in your community, keeping them local, where they belong.

Reach out to us using the form below to embark on a journey of fostering with a not-for-profit agency. At Verve, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way, providing you with honest and impartial advice. Together, we can and do make a profound difference in the lives of children within our community. Are you ready to foster and be a part of this transformative journey? Get in touch, and let’s chat!


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