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Our Foster Carer Stories

With our support, Aspris foster carers change young peoples’ lives while enriching their own. Take a look at our foster carer stories to find out more.

Jenny & Phil’s story

Jenny and Phil have been Aspris foster carers for over five years and currently have three teenage boys on placement. Before they became carers, Jenny worked as a florist and Phil was a foreman for a scaffolding company. They had been thinking about fostering for a while but were unsure if it was the right thing for them to do. Once the last of their four children had left home they contacted Aspris Fostering Services to find out more.

The first visit from Aspris Fostering Services was relaxed but at the same time gave us plenty to think about. The assessment was thorough but interesting and included training which was easier than we thought, and gave us the basic skills we needed to begin.

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Amy’s Story

When Amy had an accident, her whole life changed. Amy had to retire from a job which she loved, her relationship with her partner ended and she found herself wondering what direction her life would now take.

After my accident I was worried about how my life would move forward and what I would do. A friend suggested I looked at foster caring, I had after all brought up six children, including four step-children, so thought I might have something to offer, after doing some initial research I decided to apply. After a thorough application process, I was delighted to be accepted by Aspris Fostering Services and was pleased that being in a wheelchair had not impacted on my suitability to be a foster parent.

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Sara and Bob’s Story

Both ex-teachers, Sara and Bob have been foster carers for a total of nine years, the last two of which have been with Aspris Fostering Services. Sara had previously thought of fostering before she met Bob, but the time was not right and she didn’t have a spare room. When they got together they had a house full of children and weren’t looking for a career change. However, when most of their children had grown up, they were ready for a new challenge which would allow them to use their skills both as teachers and parents, and decided that fostering was perfect.

Between us we have five children and in fact being a step-parent is good preparation for fostering. Our current foster child has been with us for seven years. He was very difficult at first but we worked hard to make him comfortable, which has made a real difference to his confidence and social skills. We also did life-story work with him which proved especially emotional, as he had such a troubled start in life.

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