Hi. My name is Chloe. I came into care in 2012. Over the last four years I lived with two foster families and here’s why foster care has been such a positive time in my life…
When I came into care I had one short placement with a foster family but it was my second foster placement that proved that foster care would be right for me. I almost instantly became a part of their family.
I got on really well with my foster carer as soon as we met. We had lots of laughs as we got to know each other. I learned a lot from living with my foster carer and quickly gained the courage to do things for myself and to be myself. My self-esteem came back and I felt better than I had been.
My foster carer helped to get me the counseling I needed where I was able to address issues that I needed help with in my life. She taught me to cook well, to eat better food and encouraged me to be independent. She helped me study and achieve the grades I needed to get a place at University. She helped me by encouraging me when I needed to push on and guided me to be self-motivated as sometimes I didn't always want to do my homework. She also helped me secure a place at my chosen University – we attended Open Days and Events together – I felt supported all the way.
At first when I came into care, I felt that sometimes things happened that weren’t that helpful to me and I often felt my views were not always listened to. My social worker from Family Care was really good at putting forward my views and tried to get me the results I wanted for my future. I also had a support worker at Family Care that I could talk to and she spent time teaching me independent living skills too.
When it was time to leave the care system and become independent I passed into the ‘transition team’ at the Local Authority. The staff helped me with my budgeting as well as sorting bills and other household responsibilities. When I moved out of foster care my Local Authority also helped me with counseling because I felt a bit down about moving on. They also helped me with finance to buy the items for my flat so I could move in with all the things I needed.
I stayed on with my foster carer for another 8 months after I turned 18. She helped me feel ready to be independent and also helped me to set up my new home. We still see each other and we still have a laugh. Having the option to stay on was hugely valuable and helped me immeasurably at a difficult time.
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