Fostering is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It comes with challenges but none which cannot be overcome with support from our wider fostering family at the council.
It could be you making a difference to young people in Wokingham Borough and now is the perfect time to start as we enter Foster Care Fortnight 2021 (10-23 May).
Wokingham Borough Council is always looking to take on new foster carers, who can provide a secure, happy environment for a child to thrive.
In particular, we need people who can provide homes for school-age children, teenagers, siblings and children with disabilities.
'Challenging but incredibly rewarding'
Borough residents Charlotte and Kevin Dryden have been fostering with us for more than three years. As well as being foster carers, they also have two children of their own.
“We have experienced a wide range of children in age and the type of care each individual child needs,” they said.
“We have found fostering challenging at times but also very rewarding. We keep in touch with many of the children we have cared for. It's lovely to see how they are getting on and so nice that the families keep in touch with us too.”
The Drydens started their fostering journey by attending our information event and had the chance to talk to other foster carers about what it’s really like.
What it's really like
“We came away from the event feeling confident that we could make a difference to children who need security in a loving environment,” they added.
They completed our training and approval process before providing a happy home and welcoming their first young person into their family. It’s not always easy, but it is always rewarding.
“Our main concern with fostering was how our own children would adapt towards different children coming to live with us,” they said.
“Our girls have been amazing. There have been challenging times but the good times outweigh the bad. Both girls really enjoy fostering and are a credit to both Kevin and I, they are truly amazing with every child we have had the pleasure to care for and are still caring for now.
“Fostering is a very challenging job but overall, we see such positive changes to the children who have passed through our doors and we look forward to welcoming many more children in the future.”
'All our foster carers go above and beyond'
Cllr Graham Howe, deputy executive member for children’s services, said: “All our foster carers are exceptional people who go above and beyond in supporting children and young people to get through hard patches and achieve wellbeing. If that sounds like you now is the perfect time to get in touch as we enter Foster Care Fortnight.
“It takes great courage to start the fostering journey, and therefore we applaud and support each person who enquires with us and who is ready to become someone amazing in a child or young person’s life. We need more foster carers like Charlotte and Kevin to provide homes for young people from our borough.”
Register for our information events
If you think you could become a foster carer, then sign up to attend one of our online fostering information events over the next week, these are:
- 19 May, Wednesday 12.30pm to 2pm
- 20 May, Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm
Find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0118 974 6204 or visit https://fostering.wokingham.gov.uk/
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