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“It’s amazing the difference you can make…”

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Keith and Nina from Denmead have fostered with us for five years. We caught up with them to discover how they’ve helped change the lives of vulnerable children. Here’s what Nina told us…

 

Why did you decide to foster?
We knew friends that fostered with Foster Portsmouth, so we looked at the website and went to a recruitment night. We saw how well foster carers are supported and the training sounded like everything we’d need.

 

What children do you have living with you?
We have a 17-year-old girl who has been with us since she was 13, and three brothers aged eight, 10 and 12, all now on long-term placements.

 

What is it like to foster teenagers and siblings?
Teenagers are often seen as difficult, but you just need to give them time, listen and help them understand safeguarding. They are great company and able to be more independent. The logistics of having a sibling group – rivalry, and getting to know them individually – can be challenging, but it’s worth it to keep them together. Our own daughter loves being part of a big family. She’s a great mentor and is very much part of our fostering team. It’s amazing the difference you can make, not just to the children in your care but also the families and yourselves.

 

What allowances and training do you receive?
As full-time carers, our allowance provides us with the funds we need to live, with extra funding for occasions and education. This has increased with our experience. We’ve had a lot of training, including safeguarding, contact with birth families and managing challenging behaviour.

 

To enquire about fostering with Foster Portsmouth, or to arrange a 1:1 with one of our experienced team or existing foster carers, please enquire at: www. foster.portsmouth.gov.uk/enquire-now/, call 023 9283 4071 or email fostering@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

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