Fearne's experience as a foster carer with RMBC
Fearne had always wanted to be a foster carer, telling us “I have always wanted to foster, to be able to provide the best opportunities for children that may have not got what they deserved and can achieve and provide them with a welcoming and loving home.”
She waited several years to finally take the leap into fostering as she was worried at first that being a single parent would reduce her chances of being able to foster but after some research, realised that was not the case.
Since becoming a foster carer, Fearne has seen this in practice. “[Looked after children] have all felt comfortable and have all been able to approach me with any concerns. When young people have come into my care, they have never raised any concerns or questions about me being a lone carer.”
Support as a foster carer
When Fearne started fostering, her daughter still lived at home with her and she credits her as having been a great support.
Fearne told us: “I feel I have a great support network around me. In addition to my daughter, my family are also very supportive with that I am doing and have always welcomed the young people. As well as my family, there are also several foster carers that are a great support. Fostering has allowed me to meet some great friends and extended my family further.”
Fearne believes that due to her fantastic support network, being a single carer is completely manageable and she always has somebody there when she needs it.
Fearne's advice to prospective foster carers
When asked what advice she would give to other single people interested in fostering, Fearne’s words were:
“Do it! It has been the best thing that I have ever done, and I would do it all over again. It has allowed me to develop and progress as a person, but most importantly allowed me to provide the love and care for young people to be able to achieve what they want.
The best thing about being a foster carer is being able to support them in any way possible to ensure they have the correct support and care they require.
Seeing them achieve and progress from day one to the continuing future is a massive achievement and a proud moment, seeing them putting their potential into practice.”
Do you want to find out more about fostering? You can book a call back here with one of our fostering advisers.