Local foster carers Carol and John are supporting Cambridgeshire County Council’s Wish List campaign and urging more people to come forward and become foster carers.
The couple from Cambridge want local people to get behind the campaign and contact the fostering service so that they can help change children and young people’s lives this Christmas.
John, who is also the chairman of the Foster Carer Association, said: “Fostering was always something that Carol wanted to do. With our full time careers behind us, we had the opportunity to take on the challenges of fostering. We decided to pursue this career together, and have not looked back since.”
Before starting their fostering career, Carol worked for 17 years at Addenbrooke’s Hospital before moving on to become a Childminder and John was a college tutor and careers advisor. They have two grown up children and grandchildren.
“Like many fostering homes, we support each other. Carol plays the role as ‘lead carer’ with the skills and patience to manage the children. Together, we work hard to give our children the stability and love they need at such a difficult time.”
Together they have been looking after two boys for 16 months.
John said: “Being a foster carer is very rewarding. Sharing our family Christmas with other young children is a joy and we’re sure there are plenty of other people out there who would feel just the same.”
When asked what key qualities a foster carer needs, the couple feel being resilient, patient and showing that you will not give up on them.
There are around 745 children and young people in Cambridgeshire who need foster carers and the greatest need is for teenagers and sibling groups.
Carers receive payments and allowances to help cover their time and expenses, as well as advice and support so they are supported every step of the way.
Cambridgeshire County Council encourages you to find out more about fostering and wants people from all walks of life. You can be:
- Married, single or living with a partner
- Living with a disability
- In a same sex relationship
- In work, unemployed or retired
- Living in your own home or renting