Jane, 51 and partner Vicky, 50 from County Durham have been providing vital support to young people for almost four years.
The best thing about fostering for Jane is when she sees the change in young people; “they come to us subdued and often frightened and not sure what is happening in their lives, but you see them settle and you see them come on leaps and bounds and that’s very rewarding.”
For Vicky it’s the realisation that they know you care; “the children we foster couldn’t believe that we wanted to come to their Christmas shows and things – that was the thing for them that showed them we cared.”
The support the couple get from Barnardo’s has always been important to them; “it has been invaluable” says Jane “especially with us being new to fostering and dealing with more challenging young people. We’ve had all of the mandatory training and we’ve had any training we felt we needed and extra support on top of that.”
Vicky adds that the support they’ve had has been ‘seamless’. “Even if the Barnardo’s social worker is promoted or moves to another job, the great support we’ve had hasn’t been affected. And the other great thing about Barnardo’s Fostering and Adoption in the North East is that everybody knows your name. It’s not like other offices where you are intimidated by the atmosphere – it’s really friendly.”
Jane talks about the importance of being a constant for the young person “…being the person giving them the confidence to be able to come and ask you questions and to help them understand what’s happening to them and that they are safe.”
Like Vicky and Jane – you could provide young people with a safe a stable home.