FREEDOM | Foster families share inspiring stories for next generation of carers
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Foster families share inspiring stories for next generation of carers

01 Jun Foster families share inspiring stories for next generation of carers

Selfless foster families from across Essex have been sharing their stories in a bid to inspire the next generation of carers.

Part of a campaign by the Fostering Network, the annual Foster Care Fortnight hopes to raise vital awareness about the work carers do and how rewarding the role can be.


Sally Farquhar, 57, and her husband Ian, 58, from Maylandsea, were approved for fostering about six years ago and provide respite care, about one weekend a month, to help the family of a girl with severe disabilities.


“I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever done. It sounds clichéd, but the main thing for me is the fact that you’re making a real difference,” Sally said.


“The girl absolutely loves coming here and, although it’s very challenging, it is so rewarding and it makes such a huge difference to her mum.


“When the weekend comes to an end in a way you’re relieved because it is hard work, but you feel so good about yourself.


“I certainly can’t imagine not having her now. She’s like part of the family.”


Sally Wood, 52, and husband Barry, 62, look after children with disabilities as part of the council’s fee paid short breaks scheme.


Sally said: “Being able to spend some real focussed time with the children and just seeing them make all of the little achievements is very special.”


Carers also hope to raise £1,000 for Essex Foster Care Association by sharing pictures of the Essex County Council fostering service’s mascot with #bearincare.


Councillor David Finch, leader of the council, said: “Foster Care Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the massive difference fostering can make to children’s lives.


“We have some wonderful foster carers in Essex and I am pleased so many of them are helping us to encourage more families to consider fostering.”


Prospective carers must have a spare bedroom, be financially stable and available before and after school and during school holidays.


For more, head to Essex House, 200 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, on May 27 between 1-3pm.


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