I have just had a slapped wrist from Mumsnet HQ for posting a link to my Mumsnet fostering blog to this part of the site. I genuinely thought that people might be interested in the experiences of a former foster child but I have been told that somebody complained.
I've read some of your blog, it's really interesting. I know lots of things are different now, but it's still interesting for anyone who's interested in/thinking about fostering. Sorry you got a slapped wrist.
Well, I must say I very much enjoyed your blog. I couldn't help feeling sad for you when I read about how your were treated as a visitor rather than part of the family, especially given how long you were with them!
Just a suggestion, rather than a criticism, some of the content is repetitive and the order makes it hard to follow. I realise that this is because you've been compiling your thoughts as and when, so the sequence is a little out. Perhaps you'd consider writing a chronological account?
I'm only suggesting this, because we don't hear that many accounts from people who've been fostered, and I think you've got a lot of useful things to say, even though fostering has moved on since your day. For example, your comments about the birthday cards... while we'd obviously get our kids birthday cards, it made me think that perhaps we should ask other members of the family to get a card, even if they've only met the child once or twice.
Any advice we can get - from people who've actually been fostered - on how to include and show our foster children they're loved, well, it's all welcome.