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"They've been a welcome addition to our family"

Starting out their fostering career caring for younger children, Heidi and Lee decided to take on caring for teenagers too and have loved the joy it brings.

January 29 2016 - 4 min read

We first thought about fostering after our children started school full time, and Heidi felt she had the time to commit to any child placed with us. Heidi had been working in schools as a Teaching Assistant and offered support to children through nurture groups, which enabled her to focus on the many additional needs that children present.

We have been fostering for 5 years now and have had a wide variety of placements. We always thought that younger children were best matched with us, given that our own children were under the age of 10 when we started, and as Heidi had a lot of primary school experience, this seemed the natural age for us to work with.

We have had successful placements with children from the age of 3, but our most recent challenge was that of two teenage sisters. We had always wanted our own daughter to be the oldest in placement, but we decided to try and expand our skills and soon realised that we were able to take on the complexities of teenage life, just as well as we had with Early Years development.

The behaviours we have managed have indeed been complex, but alongside that, we have had a lot of fun with the girls, and they have been a welcome addition to our family. It taught us that we are able to use transferrable skills and work with all ages, rather than stick to what we have always felt comfortable with. Every child is different, and treating them as individuals is important, rather than focusing on age. We look forward to our next challenge!

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