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Any FOSTER Carer on here? Could do with a little advice please!

(4 Posts)
ECD1970 Tue 06-Sep-11 12:18:48

A little bit about me in a nutshell!

I am thinking of fostering and my reasons are below!
I have already contacted my local council and will be attending an information session soon.

I am still in full time employment and also thinking or early retirement sometime soon. I am so sad just thinking of leaving work.

The reason been, I have four children, my oldest will be starting university soon.
Second child is disabled but goes to a special school during the day
Third child is at school up to 3:15
Forth child is almost 3 years old and not in nursery yet.

Thats my reason for early retirement from full time employment.
Childcare cost is calculated at well over £2000 per month. I dont even earn that much.
My disabled sons after school sessions (about 2 hours) the council wants £63 per day because of his 1:1 special care.

My husband works full time too and we can manage on one salary as he is the highest earner.

I am not sure because we already have 3 young children at home and one with a disablity if fostering is even possible.

It would be a shame if it is not possible as we are such a happy and out going family. We have so much to give and it would be a joy and a blessing to share some of our happiness and love. I really want to make a difference in other peoples lives. And at the same time earn a little extra.

When my daughter leaves for university soon, we will have two bedrooms free as supppose to the one required for fostering!

I know I will get answers at the meeting but I cant wait to find out and the council website doesnt mention having children of your own if it will cause a problem.

I appreciate your comments please.

This is a very difficult decision to make regarding work and fostering and our childrens future. Therefore, it anyone has any really negative comment to make, I shall simply ignore them! Thank you.

ChitChattingaway Tue 06-Sep-11 14:16:46

I think you should post this on the fostering board

For what it's worth - I know of a family with two youngish girls - junior primary - who foster so having young children doesn't automatically disqualify. They are VERY short of foster families so I think they will be as reasonable as they can be.

Good luck!! (And I think it's a WONDERFUL thing that you want to do!!!! smile)

ECD1970 Tue 06-Sep-11 15:03:29


Thank you kindly for that! I had no idea there was a fostering board although I had a look!

And thank you for your support smile

badgerbrisket Tue 06-Sep-11 20:16:11

wow it is so heartening to see that people like you exist in this world, good luck on your journey

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