Foster Care Spotlight – Sevasti Ioannou

Sevasti had been thinking about becoming a foster carer
for a long time. Whilst out shopping, Sevasti noticed a PCC information stand at Waltham Cross which began her journey and things continued to fall into place. After speaking with our staff, she decided to attend the Skills to Foster training and at the end of 2017, Sevasti became a registered carer.

Sevasti’s experience of fostering started in an unusual way. Whilst she was going through the registration process, an urgent placement became available and with the approval of the placing authority, Sevasti opened her home to a parent and child placement. We caught up with Sevasti and asked her a few questions about her experience of fostering.


What has been your favourite thing about fostering so far?

The best thing has been seeing how happy the parent and child are in my home and how they feel part of the family. It is very rewarding to hear them say that they feel at home and like part of the family.

Sevasti explained that due to being a new foster carer, she doesn’t have any speci c stories or experiences to share but that she does enjoy going out with the parent and child; shopping, having a coffee or all going out together as a family.


How has the family adapted to becoming a fostering family?

The family loves fostering; they are doing great and are really enjoying it. They all get on really well and my sons are very involved in caring for the baby. We all enjoy doing things together like movie nights or playing board games.

Do you have any advice to other people that may be interested in fostering?

It is hard work but it is very rewarding – just go for it. Try to make the young person feel at home and part of the family. Be patient and a good listener. Treat them the way you would treat your own family.