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Patrina and Richard have been foster parents with Key Assets since 2012. Since joining our team, they have fostered a range of childrenÂ of diverse backgrounds, ages and abilities. They have cared long-term for a young boy, and have also fostered other children for more short-term stays.Â Along with their foster children, they also have threeÂ biological children ages 16,11 and 3.
Why did you decide to become foster parents?
“We chose to become foster parents because of our love of children andÂ we wanted to shareÂ our home with children in need. Keeping children safe and welcoming children intoÂ a warm, busy and loving home is something that makesÂ us feel fulfilled.Â Â WeÂ have felt fully supported since joining the Key AssetsÂ team and feel thatÂ theÂ agencyÂ understands the needs ofÂ our whole family includingÂ our biological children.”
Can you tell us a bit about the children you have fostered?
“One child thatÂ we fostered came toÂ us with very high emotional needs after experiencing severe trauma as an infant.Â Through patience and consistency from our whole family as well as the support of the Key Assets’ child and youth counsellor, the child was able to develop a healthy, secure attachment to us and thrived in our home.”
What have been some of the challenges and rewards of fostering with Key Assets?
“At times, the needs of the foster children can be challenging for the whole family andÂ it means we haveÂ to adapt and be flexible.Â But seeingÂ positive changesÂ in the childrenÂ we care for is the biggest reward and inspiresÂ us to continue fostering.Â Working with the Key Assets team as well as other Key AssetsÂ foster parents has also been very rewarding and the feedback we get from the agency gives us confidence that we have made a difference!”