After 18 years as a carer and 16 with the same service, Josie said transferring to a new foster care agency had made all the difference.
“I feel less anxious,” she said. “I feel like someone has got my back. I know it shouldn’t be about that, but it is about that.”
What’s her advice to foster carers thinking about a move?
“If you are foster carer and you’re doing everything yourself, including the things your agency is supposed to do, you will burn out. You’ll either not do what you do as well as you could, or you’ll start to get angry towards your social worker or your child’s social worker, which is not helpful.
“Fostering for me is a gift that you give, and the gift that you give should be given freely,” says Josie.
“It’s not supposed to be like that. It can be great. Choose an agency that is going to actually support you. Definitely glad I made the move.
“Fostering for me is a gift that you give, and the gift that you give should be given…
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