When we spoke to Chris and Carl, they wanted to share the following information:
"Originally from The Black Country we came to Telford 10 years ago and settled well. Our oldest children had their own lives and moved away and our youngest son became like an only child. Our house didn’t feel like a home without lots of children in it so we thought about fostering. I had always thought I would like to foster but the time was never right, but it was always on my mind that one day I could do it. After seeing a few advertisements for fostering and speaking to existing foster carers, we approached a few agencies for details and the information we received from Telford & Wrekin Council seemed honest and open so we arranged a home visit. Instantly we had a rapport with the social worker and over the weeks of form filling, assessment and then the panel we felt we could ask any question and get an honest answer however difficult. The Skills to Foster Training course was enlightening and put into context all of the issues we could face as foster carers and made me really question whether fostering was for us. But we knew it was.
Since we were approved in June 2013 we have had 11 foster children. We prefer the children to be younger than our own son, who is 12. Although we are registered to take three children, we currently have just one foster son who is 10 and the plan is that he is with us for a long term placement. The boys get on like brothers. Our lad has grown in confidence and it has done him the world of good and has brought the best out in him.
All I want to do is care for kids and fill our home with love and laughter and be a mum. Carl says “I’m not Superman, I’m just an ordinary dad who plays 5-a-side football and I do things with the foster children what I did with my own children.”
It’s been a pleasure and hopefully we can continue fostering for many years to come."
How long did it take to get approved as a foster carer?
Due to our personal circumstances, it took 12 months which I thought was a long time but thinking back it was right that they took the time to make sure we were suitable and really committed. When we applied, we filled out a lot of paperwork going into detail about everything from our finances to our family history. We then did the Skills to Foster Training course and went in front of a panel who agreed we were suitable to foster. Once approved we got our first child within a week."