Our names are Tony and James and we have been together for about 8 years and are in our 30’s now. We have always wanted to care for children and had to think about the best way to go about it. We considered surrogacy and adoption but we wanted to have the support of an agency behind us.

We were worried that because we had not worked with children or had our own it might go against us but the assessor was really reassuring and told us that we had a lot of transferable skills. We busily got on renovating our house so it would be ready to foster. We attended the skills to foster training which was really informative and helped us understand what a young person who had experienced trauma would need. We also completed our first aid training and got to meet the person who will be our Family Support Worker who is a fellow foster carer who will support us.

We completed a report with our social worker Claire called a Form F which went through all our history, our support networks and looked at our strengths and where we might need support. We had homework to complete as well but it was really interesting and made us want to foster even more.

We are ready for panel now and very excited.