Becoming a foster carer is the best thing I’ve ever done

Fostering had always been a dream of Geoff’s but it was while on holiday with partner Stephen that they finally decided to start their fostering journey.

Geoff, who had been in the army for 35 years, picked up a book in the hotel foyer. Written by a full time foster carer, the inspiring and heart-warming book detailed how lives could be transformed so positively with love, security and support and it was at that moment Geoff decided to start fostering. On return from their holiday, they registered for the assessment process straightaway with Fostering Solutions, part of the National Fostering Group.

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Five years ago, they welcomed a young boy into their home who was struggling socially and academically and had been placed with multiple foster carers. Spending that Christmas and the next six months in a rented holiday cottage, due to their home being flooded, brought the family closer together.

Geoff said “What he needed most were was love, time, stability, and the chance to build self-esteem. For the first time in his life, he got a taste of what it was like to do well, and he’s gone from strength to strength…In his most recent school report he came top of his year in nine subjects. He really is a smashing boy with a lovely smile and we are so proud of him!”

“If you’ve ever considered fostering, definitely make that call, find out more. You’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain. Becoming a foster carer is so rewarding – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. If you can help by fostering just one child, you’ll be making a difference. There are thousands more waiting for a loving, nurturing home.”

Geoff featured as part of the first National Fostering Group’s Christmas event – Christmas with Us – which is available on Facebook and YouTube.

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