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Esohe is a single carer who lives with her two daughters aged 16 and 24. She began fostering in March 2013.
Her first foster child was a seven year old girl who had been left parentless due to unfortunate circumstances. Although this young girl was described as challenging, she was able to settle into Esohe’s home as well as a new school.
A few months later, Esohe welcomed a second child into her home, a four year old boy who had been exposed to significant trauma in his short life and lived in a group home with teenagers. His behaviour can be challenging and he continues to struggle however, Esohe and her children have dedicated themselves to ensuring his success within the home as well as at school. He has formed a strong and secure attachment to Esohe and her family as a result.
Here Eshoe tells us about her fostering journey.
“Key Assets gave me all the information I needed to help make the decision to be a foster carer. I spoke to another agency three years ago and started the process with them but I felt it was too fast. At Key Assets there were two’ Journey to Foster’ training sessions which were very helpful and the team weren’t pushy at all. Key Assets makes me feel very important – like I’m doing a good job. I feel I’m contributing to something great!
The support has been tremendous. My workers are always available to help me when I need them and I never have to feel that I’m on my own. If I have a question it’s always considered important. The staff are willing to come to my home to support me with any issues or concerns. The different training courses have been very helpful and the specialist training from the Key Assets’ therapist has helped me to meet the individual needs of the children.
Fostering is so worthwhile because you can see the little changes in the children you care for. They look better, feel better and appear well. They’re able to achieve and it’s very rewarding to know that I’ve made a difference in helping them do things that they couldn’t do before. Especially, when biological families are able to see that the child is doing better. For example, my foster son’s grandfather thanked me because his grandson looked much happier – that made me feel good!”