Let’s be frank, some of my friends think it’s a bit strange that I want to foster children but I don’t want children of my own,’ said Amy, 31 from Northolt
‘I may not be typical among my friends but I know I can offer so much to children who have grown up in difficult circumstances or have physical or mental health problems that can mean their parents sometimes need a break from looking after them. Helping children in need of extra care and support is more rewarding to me than having my babies of my own.’
Amy has now been fostering for two years and much of her work is in respite care looking after children who have autism or learning disabilities whose parents need a break from the constant care their children require. She has also fostered teenagers that need that bit more guidance as they’ve not had much experience of parental boundaries.
At GLF, foster parents come from all different types of backgrounds, with different levels of child care experience and different reasons to want to become involved in fostering. We often meet women like Sarah which means we don’t judge and we don’t hold much stock with stereotypical beliefs about what makes a good foster parent.
‘Being a foster parents takes patience and communication but I have the energy and motivation to remain committed to a child throughout both the fun and the challenging times,’ Sarah said. ‘I’m proof that you can have a deep caring instinct without being, or wanting to be, a mother.’