FOSTER CARE SPOTLIGHT – HAYLEY ROBERTS

Managed to touch base with one of our new foster carers Hayley Roberts who shares a little bit about the beginning of the Roberts new family adventure into fostering. Hayley is married to Mark and lives with her three girls in Epsom.
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How long have you been fostering?
We were approved in July 2014 and had our first placement (respite) in October.

 

What has been you favourite thing about fostering so far?
We love to include others in our home and family so fostering is an extension of this.  We also enjoy learning and bringing enriched by others so having a foster placement has given us all another opportunity to do this.

 

Have your children a favourite story from your experiences?
Our kids still tell stories of how much laughter our foster child brought into out home.  The were many times when we laughed till we cried while generally hanging out.

 

How has your family adapted to fostering? 
Our family adapted really quickly to fostering.  Our children were excited to have another sibling for a season and they all worked hard to be welcoming, share communal  spaces and belongings, invite out to see friends, youth clubs, etc.  We had a few festival and family gatherings while our foster placement was with us and she joined in very enthusiastically with all of our plans.

 

How did you feel when your foster child left? 
We all felt a little sad to say goodbye, however, we tried to end the placement well with a family meal, story telling of the past few weeks, swapping cards, presents and notes of thanks.

 

What advice would you give to other people interested in fostering? 
Fostering is very rewarding and an extension of natural family life.  If you have space in your home and more importantly space in your heart to love more people then I would recommend you explore fostering for yourself or support another family who are fostering.

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