Thinking about fostering? Read about Craigavon fostercarers Samantha and Michael
24/03/2014A Craigavon couple is just one of the many fostercarers providing a safe, secure and caring family life to children and young people.
Samantha and Michael applied to become foster carers three years ago but the process was put on hold when they discovered they were expecting their first child.
Samantha, now a mum of two children, says: “When our first child was one year, I phoned the Family Placement Team to let them know we were keen to become fostercarers.”
Samantha and Michael, became approved foster carers at Easter 2012 and have cared for 50 children needing long-term and short-term care and emergency respite in the last two years.
“Some children have no choice but to live with foster carers and there are many reasons why children need help through a difficult time in their lives,” adds Samantha. “When we started fostering, we were involved with the Frontline Service for children aged 12 to 17 years who were encountering the care system for the first time and who stayed with us for up to six weeks. There are lots of ups and downs but there are more ups than downs. It’s the small things that make fostering worthwhile and seeing the child develop and gain confidence. Fostering is very rewarding and we would absolutely recommend it.”
If you are thinking about becoming a fostercarer then the Southern Trust Health and Social Care Trust is urging you to come forward to provide a safe, secure and caring family life where a child will be nurtured and developed.
A fostercarer recruitment event has been organised on Thursday 3 April from 2-7pm in Armagh City Hotel and foster carers and social workers will be available to answer questions. Or call 0800 0720 137 or visit www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net for more information.