Though the approval process seemed daunting, it turned out to be easy. That’s why I would tell anybody who’s applying to be a foster carer to keep with it, as it’s really worth it in the end.
I’ve been a foster carer for four years and love it. I get lots back from seeing the children grow up, but it’s also helped me become more open-minded and knowledgeable about different cultures. I now know how to make all sorts of different foods and enjoy going to cultural events and festivals, which I wouldn’t have gone to before.
One of the best things about Manchester is the support. I get lots of help from my supervising social worker, who is brilliant. She’s there in times of crisis, she’s encouraging, and if she doesn’t know something, she’ll go and find out. There are also lots of training opportunities and a lockable box to keep children’s information safe. Many people foster for Manchester, so there’s always another foster carer around the corner if you need any help.