jack, colin and mary
Partners Jack and Colin, and Jack’s mum Mary, foster children together from their home in Blaenau Gwent.
the foster family
Mary and her son Jack have been fostering for eight years, and have always felt it was something they wanted to do.
“I remember, there were adverts in the paper for Foster Care Fortnight and we would always talk about who we could help”
Jack’s partner, Colin, joined their fostering family three years ago. Together, they care for two boys: 16-year-old Sam and 10-year-old Ben.
“Because of the age gap, we’ve tried to teach the boys in different ways. We want them to know that they don’t have to be the best; they just have to try their best.”
“fostering is a way of life”
For Jack, Colin and Mary, fostering isn’t a job. It’s a way of life – a commitment that is both challenging and rewarding. They know how much it matters. They can see the positive effects it is having on Sam and Ben’s lives.
“we’re just helping them by giving them all the things that we believe children deserve to have, like a home, people who love them and a place to feel safe.”
“we’re all one big team”
Jack, Colin and Mary are a team – and we’re part of their team too. We’re always available, whether it’s for advice, training or just as someone to listen.
“Our social worker is so good at listening and giving us a moment to stop and take a deep breath before we carry on again.”
We’re in it together.
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Our fostering success stories are based on the real-life experiences of Local Authority Foster Carers in Wales. To protect their privacy, and the privacy of the children and young people to whom they provide care, love, and support, all the names have been changed and actors have stepped in to help us tell their amazing stories.