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International Womens Day 2024

International Womens Day 2024

How is fostering with to the Moon and Back Foster Care inclusive? From the very outset our aim was to embrace foster carers as equal professionals and we have so many inspirational women who are committed to making a difference for vulnerable children. They are...

International Womens Day 2024

How is fostering with to the Moon and Back Foster Care inclusive? From the very outset our aim was to embrace foster carers as equal professionals and we have so many inspirational women who are committed to making a difference for vulnerable children. They are themselves challenging stereotypes,...

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Angela’s story

Angela’s story

I usually wake about 07.00 and listen to the radio whilst having my first cup of tea and a stretch. I am in training for a long bike ride, from Milan to Venice, raising funds for Women versus Cancer, which has been postponed so many times due to Covid, but we are more hopeful this will happen this year, so there is a sense of urgency, on my part, to get back into training.

Pauline and Joe’s story

Pauline and Joe’s story

We have been fostering for just over 9 years. Our day starts early, we have a rescue dog, and he demands our attention quite early in the morning at the moment. Joe works full time and leaves home about 7.30, he usually takes the dog out for a quick stroll whilst I make sure that our fostered child has everything he needs for the day at school. He’s very bright, but sometimes struggles to keep his attention in school. At his first primary school we struggled to get what he needed and he was often disruptive in class. We initially had to drive him to and from his original school which was quite a way from where we lived. He was tired from the very start, because we had to leave home at 7.30 to make sure he was in school on time and whilst the teachers were lovely to him, his social worker Jenny, felt he would benefit from a new start and we were able to find a school nearer to us, within walking distance. He made some new friends and he settled well. He’s now at secondary school. He’s obsessed with football. Joe thankfully loves football, and he takes him to matches most Saturdays and football practice at least once a week.

Lisa’s fostering Supervising Social Worker story

Lisa’s fostering Supervising Social Worker story

I get up at 6.15, throw on my running gear, persuade the dog to come with me and head out for a 6k before I do anything else. It’s a nuisance when it is dark, but I know if I don’t go first thing it just won’t happen! I get back for a quick shower and then get the kids out of the door to school. At that point I can sit at my desk and check emails etc. I usually turn my phone on at about 8am…unless I am on call, when it is on all the time. I share an office with my partner, so if we are both home and one of us has a meeting or calls, one of us will work at the kitchen table.

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