Monday 22 May 2017

This week we chat to our carers Rob and Mandy Goddard who have been fostering with us at Brighton and Hove for over 23 years and have fostered more than 65 young people. They were awarded an MBE for their incredible service to fostering in 2015.

As a ‘Barnardos Boy’, Rob was fostered himself in Whitehawk and then stayed with one set of foster parents for his entire time in care. He credits his positive experience in care as the reason that he wanted to give something back and become a foster carer himself.

So has it sunk it that you have an MBE?!

Monday 15 May 2017

My name is Katie and l am a care leaver! Since the age of four, I am fortunate to have been placed, and remain, with only one long-term Foster Carer. However, when I explain this to people, many assume it’s been an easy journey. It’s certainly not been easy, nor has it been perfect. But living with any family isn’t perfect, and that’s what family life is all about! It’s important to have people there to support you, to inspire you, but furthermore to discipline you, and tell you right from wrong!

Monday 8 May 2017

6 reasons we love fostering teenagers

Teenagers often get bad press and regarded as disruptive and difficult. In this week’s blog we talk to some of our foster carers who enjoy the challenge of fostering teenagers and all the positives that come with it.

Teenagers are fun!

We have so much fun with our foster son. Whether it’s going to the cinema, walks with the dog, or just chatting around the table having dinner, we laugh together all the time. Lydia and James

Wednesday 26 April 2017

This week we chat to James and Lydia about their experiences as foster carers and how James's employer AMEX have supported him through the fostering assessment process and beyond. 

James and Lydia have been fostering since June 2016 with us at Brighton and Hove City Council.

What made you want to be foster carers?

James:  Lydia and I both lived in busy households growing up and we both wanted to provide a safe haven for children going through difficult experiences.

Tuesday 18 April 2017

This week we spoke to Sarah and Matt who have their own son and daughter, have been fostering for 13 years and have fostered over 20 children over the years.

What makes this family even more extraordinary is that Sarah and Matt foster a brother and sister and their other sister is fostered by Matt’s mother in the house next door.