We have a varied community of foster carers, including single foster carers like Laura in Conwy.
the foster family
Laura’s decision to foster was made based on a number of factors, but something that really influenced her was having a best friend in foster care when she was younger.
“She would always come around to our house, but one day, I went around to hers to see if she wanted to play and her foster parents said she had left. I never saw her again. It really affected me.”
For Laura, joining the local Foster Wales Conwy team meant helping children stay in the places they know and love, close to important friends and family members.
“It’s so supportive. It really is all about community, giving something back and becoming part of a wide and supportive community of foster carers.”
“there’s no such thing as ‘typical fostering’”
When she started fostering, Laura cared for babies and younger children. Now, she’s opened her home to all kinds of children and really appreciates how diverse the fostering experience is.
“I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as ‘typical fostering’. There are so many children in different situations with different needs. I’ve fostered siblings, teenagers, children with complex needs and babies.”
“they’re constantly surprising me”
Laura’s house is currently home to 17-year-old Jenny, who lived with her nan until she sadly passed away.
“It was a very traumatic time for Jen. She has been through a lot and it hasn’t always been easy while she has grieved. We now have a lovely bond and she knows she can open up to me.”
Jenny dreams of becoming a doctor, so Laura is helping her get there with her support and encouragement.
“She’s studying to get into college and is learning to drive, and I’m actually enjoying helping her with her revision, and taking her out for extra driving practice.”
Laura also cares for a little boy called Ben, who has been in foster care since the age of two. To start with, he was quite unsure and unsettled, but he’s really flourished.
“He’s settled, he’s a happy-go-lucky little boy. I take him to swimming lessons and he goes to football club, which he loves. He’s constantly surprising me and achieving things we would only have dreamed of when Ben first moved in.”
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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.