22 Oct 2016 Fostering forms bonds that last a lifetime Perhaps thirty years late, I have decided to take the surname of my foster-family and have now received certified copies to send to a long list of organisations that support my often chaotic life.  It’s been quite a journey from Sean ‘Bentley’ throughout my school years, to Sean ‘Ferrer’ in my late teens. My first surname change was a robust rejection of my biological father’s. He contributed mostly through acts of omission that enabled the full spectrum of abuse I endured from my grandfather and, until I was thrown into care, by his partner, masquerading as his wife.
8 Dec 2015 Foster to Freedom (the first chapter of a personal memoir) "Mom I don't want hot dogs again," I said in an exasperated voice. I was sitting at the table in our crammed kitchen. My baby sister, Leah, was in her stroller next to me. The kitchen wasn't particularly memorable, even as far as kitchens go. To the left of the doorway was where my sister and I were somewhat impatiently waiting to be fed. Beneath my feet was the remnants of beautiful tile, yellowing slowly and cracked in certain places around the floor. I was used to old houses or trailers growing up.
20 Oct 2015 A letter from America to foster carers Dear Care Givers This letter is designed to give a perspective of what an older foster youth feels when transitioning into a new home. Its purpose is to shed light on how that affects youth, and how caregivers can approach having a new young adult in their family. The Teen Success Agreement accompanied by this letter should assist both roles involved with fostering a person between the age of twelve and twenty one.
20 Oct 2015 A letter from America to young people in foster care Dear Youth
31 Oct 2014 We are modelling adulthood to the young people we work with Our job is to help our care leavers succeed. Most often when we say this, we’re talking about them being happy, confident adults who can maintain good relationships, enjoy their own family life and experience fulfilling work. In recent years, a lot of focus has been placed on the need to help care leavers into work, or on the pathway to work, as early as possible.
30 Oct 2014 This is one of the hardest experiences and decisions a carer will go through emotionally 'When I’m ready' guidance is very vague from the Welsh Assembly, being a new scheme support and direction is very limited. The majority of young people are not ready for this transition emotionally or financially and seems a big strain both on the child and the carers. Remuneration is poor - carer/supported lodgings provider post 18 is £140 per week and the child is expected to pay £15 directly to the carers, budget their own money and cater for provision, i.e. lunches, clothes, toiletries etc.
29 Oct 2014 We lie in the dark of the room, contemplating ourselves, contemplating the future to come You know exactly where you stand with him. You never smell deceit or slyness upon him unless, of course, he is in trouble with someone. It is a rare quality in ‘normal’ human beings, let alone a young man whose life has been shattered because of someone else’s alcohol problem. Of late, we have been arguing a lot about money. He’s for it, I’m against. I think there is much more to life than chasing cash. He thinks I’m a fool. What’s more, I am the worst kind of fool. I am a fool with a brain. ‘What more is there to life?’ he demands of me. ‘I don’t know.’
28 Oct 2014 She'll be with us 'till she's 18, and so our role is to get her ready. Make sure everything is in place. As told to Andrea Warman, NAFP Consultant, and lead for the Looking After Yourself (Yoga) project ‘It’s just over a year since I joined my fostering agency. Me and my partner. Our own kids had grown up and gone, and we were left in this big house. Plenty of space. And wanting to do something. Give something back.....
27 Oct 2014 The only people on our side are ourselves and we will never be the same again He arrived on a Friday, the weather absolutely glorious. It was morning and the Home was deserted. All the kids were on holiday. Des was taken in, sat at a table and given some breakfast. After he finished eating, the woman in charge told him to take a stroll around the grounds so he could become familiar with his new surroundings. Des walked into the gardens, began exploring. Next thing he knew he had stumbled upon a beauty spot, known locally as the Golden Valley. There he stopped and gazed into its tranquil, breath-taking scenery.

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