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“I don’t think of it as a job"

Chris and Debbie have been fostering for over 13 years and have fostered around 10 children, with most of these being long term/permanent placements.

October 8 2019 - 3 min read

“I don’t think of fostering as a job”

Chris explains how fate has led him to foster 10 children in 13 years.

Chris and Debbie moved house, resulting in their son moving to a new college. It wasn’t long until he’d made a new set of friends, however there was a friend who would come home with him and stay over more than you’d expect.

Addressing the situation Chris said: “I asked the young boy if he had a home to go to, he said no so I said he could stay with us. It wasn’t long until the college involved social services. The young boy was told he needed to do a ‘supported lodgings’ course before he was able to stay.”

A month later, the couple received a call asking if they could take on another child, which they were more than happy to.

Thirteen years later, Chris and Debbie have fostered around 10 children, with most of these being long term/permanent placements.

They currently look after two brothers aged 9 and 11 and couldn’t be happier with their developments.

Chris commented: “I don’t think of it as a job. When you have a child, who has no life skills at all, right down to hygiene, you’re able to teach a child these simple things, it’s a massive achievement.

“I believe in getting the children outside a lot so we do things like climbing Snowdon, they absolutely love it and for us it’s extremely rewarding to see them develop.”

The couple’s advice to anyone considering fostering would be to, “Do it because you want to change a child’s life. You need to be driven and a want to give something back to society. Don’t think you won’t get the support, because you will.”

“I feel very supported as a foster carer. If there is anything I’m unsure of, there is always someone to ask, normally my fostering advisor. The social workers are always on hand to listen or help.”

It’s estimated that fostering services need to recruit a further 5,900 foster families in the next 12 months in the UK. If you’d like to learn more about the role of a foster carer, then please get in touch with our friendly team – we’d love to hear from you.

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