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Fostering Stories: Kara

Kara has fostered 6 children between the ages of 6 and 12 over the last 4 years.

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Becoming a foster carer

Kara decided to become a foster carer to make a difference to other children in the local area, choosing Bradford Fostering due to the timing of our training courses.

Kara was worried about any possible false allegations from foster children which could be made against her. Although this is a rare occurrence, foster carers receive extensive support, including market-leading legal protection insurance, if the situation arises.

She said:

“My son has autism. His struggles made me want to make a difference to others.

I thought Bradford Fostering would have a wide range of ages and needs across the area.

The application process was long and deep, but my social support worker was fabulous and always available to answer questions.

My worries and concerns were discussed in full with my social worker and on training.”

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Life as a foster carer

Kara looks after foster children alongside her birth son, who is a child who fosters.

To help Kara and her family adjust to life as a foster family, she regularly takes part in training, including specialist courses about ADHD, CAMHS and PREP.

She said:

“The training courses have helped me to be more open minded about what some children may have gone through before they come to me.

I have to make sure I share myself between my own children and the foster children, but there is always help a phone call away.

The most rewarding thing about being a foster carer is seeing the smiles and laughter from the children I support and knowing that they enjoy coming here.

Most of my foster children didn't want their placements to end.”

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What advice would you give to potential foster carers?

“You need to do it for love, not money. You need to be accepting, non-judgemental and open minded.”

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Would you like to learn more about fostering for Bradford Council?

If you would like to learn more about fostering, download an information pack now or get in touch with one of our friendly team. We look forward to hearing from you.

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