On becoming a foster carer: "I really wanted to do it"
Fostering children and young people in Bradford
Like many of our foster carers, Anita had always wanted to foster a child, but was worried about leaving a role she enjoyed.
That all changed when she visited one of our information sessions and heard from support workers and current carers about their experiences fostering in Bradford.
“I looked up fostering on the internet and went with Bradford because they were having a recruitment meeting that night.
I had worries and doubts before becoming a foster carer as I was leaving a good job. I gave up a business for less money and more time commitment, but I really wanted to do it.”
When asked about the support she received during and after the assessment process, Anita used one word: “Brilliant.”
“The application process was invasive but I understand why, it pretty easy apart from that”
Life as a foster carer
Like any role, being a foster carer has its ups and downs.
When one of Anita’s foster children was excluded from school, she came to Bradford Fostering for advice and support.
All looked after children have access to a virtual school, which provides stability and ensures equality of opportunity for all children and young people in care. Anita then received help to re-enrol her foster child into another school in the area.
“The best thing about fostering is the foster kids and watching my young man thrive and overcome so much.”
As a foster carer, Anita has taken part in a wide range of specialist training courses to help develop her skills and knowledge as a foster carer.
“I have completed so many training courses over the years, but PACE stands out. I also did a good introduction to counselling course.”
Advice for potential foster carers
Anita has now fostered 2 children in her fostering career between the ages of 7 and 15.
When asked about the advice she would give to any potential foster carers, Anita said:
“Make careful consideration - it’s not for everyone but so very rewarding.
Kids answer back, kick off, don’t come with your standards and don’t often appreciate you. If you can accept and understand, go for it.”