Victoria began fostering for her local authority 3 years ago, after transferring from an Independent Fostering Agency.
Victoria has now fostered 3 newborns, become an emergency carer for children aged 2 to 4, and looked after a baby in a holiday placement. Here’s her incredible story:
Starting her fostering journey
Victoria knew she could make a positive impact on the life of a young person by becoming a foster carer.
Her father was adopted as a baby, while her partner worked with disadvantaged children in Africa, so she knew she had the power to make a difference.
Her career began as a Family and Friends carer, before she joined an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) as a full-time foster carer.
“I worked for an IFA but placements were limited, so I decided to move to Bradford Fostering which was a good move. It’s our town where we live so it was the best option.”
Joining Bradford Fostering
Once deciding to join Bradford Fostering, Victoria immediately received support from our friendly recruitment and social worker teams.
“Our social worker supported us through the application process with regular visits, keeping us updated on progress and making us feel included.
The application process was very long but good in a way, as it’s important that everything is covered properly.
The support we got from our assessing social worker was amazing.”
Alongside completing our Skills To Foster training course, Victoria continued to receive help and support from the fostering community.
“I have support from our Supervising Social Worker (SSW) and also the Bradford Fostering Facebook page, as carers seem to give a lot of good advice and help.
We have met a few foster carers in Bradford that we now consider as friends, they all seem lovely.”
Becoming adoptive parents
Victoria adopted a baby boy she had initially fostered after supporting him through a period of ill health, meningitis and sepsis.
“The most rewarding part about being a foster carer is watching the babies and children strive and overcome challenges.
My life has changed for the better and it’s been a privilege caring for them. Life got busier but that’s a good thing!”
What things do people need to consider before deciding to foster?
“Potential foster carers need to work out if it’s really for them. Make sure you have the time and patience to fully commit, and be willing to take the rough with the smooth.”