Fostering case studies

Sometimes it helps to hear first-hand accounts from people who have made the journey ahead of you:

Pauline's story

Pauline and Andrew live 10 miles outside of Carlisle and have been long term foster carers for 2 years. 

read Pauline's story

A foster carer's Christmas blog: Rob and Christine

Our carers talk  about how they hope to create happy memories for their children, this year and every year.

read a foster carer's Christmas blog

Christmas in Care: a blog from a Cumbria child

read 'Christmas in Care' blog

A letter to my foster child: Dawn

In her moving letter Dawn writes "As you grow you won't remember your first Christmas and, in time, even any of us. So we will keep all your precious memories safe for you."

read Dawn's letter

A Christmas letter to my foster child: Ros and Jonny

Furness based foster carers Ros and Jonny shares an emotional letter to their foster child, Corey, with us as Christmas approaches

read Ros and Jonny's letter

Fostering blog: Dave

Our foster carer from Carlisle, Dave Kerry, tells us he is looking forward to some 'family time' this Christmas

read Dave's blog

A Christmas letter to our foster child: Sophie and Rob

Sophie and Rob cannot wait to spend their first Christmas with their foster child

read Sophie and Rob's letter

A Christmas letter to my foster child: Alex

Barrow based foster carer Alex shares an emotional letter to her foster child with us as Christmas approaches

read Alex's letter

Foster carer Hank's Christmas blog

Our foster carer from the West of the county, Hank de Groot, shares his memories of fostering at Christmas

read Hank's blog

Simon's Blog

Care leaver Simon from Carlisle talks about the support he's had in foster care to achieve his dream of becoming a vet

read Simon's blog

Jeff and Christine's Blog

Foster carer Jeff from Barrow talks about his fostering journey

read Jeff and Christine's blog

Blog from a looked after child

Chelsea who has lived with her foster parents for five years shares her story

read Chelsea's blog

A borrowed child

Blog from a carer

read a borrowed child blog

Rob and Christine's story

"We decided early on we'd like siblings and that we could manage at least two. We were shown a profile of the kids and at that point we started to get very excited; they did a great job matching us."

read Rob and Christine's story...

Sandra's story

"I started fostering because I really, really wanted to make a difference; if only to one person. In fact we've now looked after 196 children, from new born babies to teenagers and sibling groups."

read Sandra's story...

Rosemary's story

"Fostering was always something I wanted to do, after our own children left home we decided to go for it."

read Rosemary's story...

Kevin's story

"I became a foster carer over 10 years ago now, and haven't looked back since. I was originally a baker at Morrisons and thought, hang on, I can't be getting up at 4am for the rest of my life, what else do I want to do?"

read Kevin's story...

Hazel's story

"My husband and I have been fostering for about five years now. We're registered to foster children of all ages but we usually take children under two and only one child at a time."

read Hazel's story...

Kathryne's story

"I'm not saying it's all been easy, it hasn't, but the good days make the hard ones worthwhile."

read Kathryne's story...

Wendy's story

"It breaks my heart to think that there are so many children out there without the loving and secure home that they deserve. It's the most rewarding job I've ever had."

read Wendy's story...

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