Fostering case studies - Lee and Wendy

Lee and I started fostering just over a year ago. Lee works as a cheesemaker but also has his own business as a children's entertainer and I've given up work to be a full time foster carer. We've had our own family (we've got 5 children) and we're actually now grandparents but we missed having little 'uns in the house.

We'd actually applied to be foster carers before but due to personal reasons we pulled out. The application process took quite a while and I lost count of the forms we filled in but the council kept us on track. We're now looking after a 2 year old and a 6 month old baby.  We've had the 6 month old from birth and bringing them home from the hospital was slightly daunting, I thought we'd have forgotten how to look after a newborn but it all came flooding back.

We haven't had to go through the "giving back" stage yet, and we're dreading it to be honest. We'll get through it though; maybe we'll have a little party and turn it into a celebration for the child moving on. Friends have asked if we've considered adopting them, but we're not doing this to help just these two babies. I want to help hundreds.

There is quite a community of foster carers here in Maryport, and what with the coffee mornings, summer bbq's and Christmas parties you make loads of new friends. It's nice to know that if you've got a question - there is someone at the end of the phone with the answer.

It breaks my heart to think that there are so many children out there without the loving and secure home that they deserve. So much so, we're in the process of moving into a bigger house so that we can help more children.  It's the most rewarding job I've ever had.

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