We feel very privileged to see the lives of so many children completely transformed by the love, care and nurturing upbringing they've received while in foster care. This week, Jenni and Chris share the incredible achievements of Callum, who they've cared for since he was just three years old...
Young Callum came to live with us when he was three years old, along with his sister and has had the continued support of his borough, fostering agency and us, his carers, and our family ever since. Both his schools have also played a huge role in his stability and always encouraged him to work hard and follow his dreams.
Callum joined the Sea Scouts when he was 10 and was a member for many years. Even when he was too old to be a member himself, he would go to help the younger children develop their sailing skills too. He's also been a member of the Minnis Bay Sailing Club, where my dad was a commodore for many years. They've sailed together a number of times and won a few trophies on the way.
With a passion for sailing and a dream of joining the military, Callum spent over a year with The Impact Training Centre to get himself prepared for a career in the military. After a further three-month training course, we were so delighted to hear that his application had been accepted by The Royal Navy.
Callum is now at Portsmouth completing his training in Marine Engineering and plans to further his career in the military by joining the Submarines in Scotland.
It's not all been plain-sailing for Callum though. He lost his way during his teenage years, but has since found himself again and is one very happy young man; evidence that foster care has enabled him to fulfil his dream.
He hopes to see much of the world along the way. Good luck Callum. We are very proud of you!
Jenni and Chris are part of our Kent fostering team.
October 4 2016
Fostering: The Birth Child’s Story
When a person makes the decision to become a foster carer, it is the whole family who are involved in the fostering role.