Stories and News

Foster Carers Karen and James
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Karen's Story

Friday 26 April 2024

'They came for 4 weeks and stayed for 12 years'

Erika Foster Carer of siblings from a different cultural background
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Erika's Story

Friday 08 March 2024

"They've been able to experience the magic of childhood without the burdens they may have previously faced."

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Victoria's Story

Monday 26 February 2024

"After 13 years, the excitement that you feel when a little one comes into your home doesn’t fade."

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Lesley's Story

Friday 19 January 2024

"My career has been everything for me, but since having a foster child, my priorities have totally changed and I’m enjoying watching him grow and flourish into a good person."

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When is the right time to start fostering?

Friday 05 January 2024

There is no ‘perfect’ time to start the fostering process. Life comes with uncertainty and changes, but here are a few things you may want to consider when starting your fostering journey.

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The benefits of respite care

Thursday 14 December 2023

Nicola told us about her experiences as a respite carer and how it fits around her life.

Foster Carer Claire at our information event
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Claire's Story

Tuesday 17 October 2023

At our recent information event Claire told us how she fits fostering alongside working and how she's been able to progress from respite fostering to caring for children on a longer term basis.

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"It was the most life-changing experience"

Sunday 03 September 2023

Isabelle speaks with foster carer Phil about her life-changing experiences growing up in care

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Chereece and Grant's Story

Wednesday 09 August 2023

As a 29 and 26 year old couple, Chereece and Grant initially thought they were too young to foster, until they attended one of our information events.

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Celebrating Lynn and Saied after 10 years of fostering

Thursday 08 June 2023

We celebrate Lynn and Saied's achievements as they reach the end of their time fostering. Read Lynn's reflections.

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Tina and Ashley's Story

Thursday 25 May 2023

Tina and Ashley have fostered babies and toddlers since 2018. They tell us about their experience as baby carers.

Foster carer Sue holding flowers in celebration of her 50th year of fostering over 415 babies and children
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Reflecting on 50 years of fostering!

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Sue has dedicated her whole life to helping vulnerable babies, children and families. She shared her thoughts about fostering 415 babies and children over the last 50 years!

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Respite carers Heather and Andrew share their story

Saturday 13 May 2023

Heather and Andrew have been fostering with Liverpool for 15 months and have started their journey as respite foster carers.  Here’s their story so far…

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"It’s the most beautiful thing in life you can do"

Friday 12 May 2023

Safinah started fostering in September 2022 and shares what caring for 3- and 6-year-old siblings has been like so far!

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The greatest gift is "seeing a child achieve beyond their dreams"

Tuesday 20 December 2022

Foster carer Alison tells us about the amazing achievements of the young person she has cared for over the last six years.

Care Leaver Kris
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"The greatest gift is feeling like you belong"

Friday 16 December 2022

Kristian shares his story of growing up in care and how the love, care and attention from his foster carers have helped him in life.

Foster carers Claire and Andy
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"It’s beyond words when you have really helped a child"

Friday 28 October 2022

Claire and Andy were recently nominated for a special recognition award by their fostering social worker Elaine. We loved hearing why they are so passionate about fostering.

Phil and Jamie, Dad and son of a foster family
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Jamie's Story - Growing up as part of a fostering family

Wednesday 05 October 2022

Jaime tells us his story on how being part of a foster family has had such a positive impact on his life!

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Sarah and Kevin - The rewards of fostering

Monday 08 August 2022

It's been 8 months since Sarah and Kevin welcomed 8 and 10 year old sisters into their home. They share their early fostering experiences and tell us why it's the little things mean so much.

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Father's Day - Dom's Story

Thursday 23 June 2022

Dom tells us how fostering has changed his family's life for the better and how rewarding it is to be able to positively affect a child's life.

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Father's Day - Alan's Story

Friday 17 June 2022

Alan had considered fostering for many years, but it wasn't until he met his partner Heather and they became foster carers, that he had his first experience of looking after children.

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Alan's Story - Fostering as a family

Friday 17 June 2022

For Father's Day 2022, we spoke to foster carer Alan about fostering as a family from his point of view. Including why he was reluctant at first, and how the reality has been completely different to what he expected.

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"People are surprised when I say I'm a foster carer"

Tuesday 24 May 2022

David has been fostering with us for a year, but he said sometimes people are surprised this is possible as a single, gay, male.

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"I didn't plan on fostering siblings, but it's the best decision I've ever made!"

Wednesday 23 March 2022

When Jacquie became a foster carer four years ago, she didn't plan on caring for siblings. She tells us why saying yes to fostering three sibling sisters is the best decision she's ever made.

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Our first year as a fostering family

Thursday 27 January 2022

Amra and Tahir reflect on their fostering experiences, a year following their approval. They share their thoughts on the assessment process and the rewards and challenges during their first year.

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Small Milestones Are The Best Gift

Tuesday 21 December 2021

Foster carer Julia tells us what Christmas is like caring for a 6 year old boy with special needs

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Christmas Through A Child's Eyes

Monday 20 December 2021

Foster carer Pip tells us about everything she's looking forward to for her first Christmas looking after a 9 year old boy.

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Fostering At Christmas - Nicola's Story

Saturday 18 December 2021

After developing a close bond with a 15 year old who is currently in residential care, Nicola invited her to stay for Christmas.

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"Despite the goodbyes, it’s the best thing I've ever done"

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Paula has been fostering babies for over 16 years. She recently shared her experience and told us why despite the goodbyes, it’s the best thing she’s ever done.

Foster Carers Deb and Dot
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Debbie and Dot's Story - Fostering firsts

Monday 05 July 2021

Deb and Dot reflect on the equal joy and heartache of experiencing 'firsts' both for them and the 3 siblings they foster

Stephen playing football with boy
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Stephen's Story - Believing in teenagers

Monday 05 July 2021

Steven told us how he feels about fostering teenagers, and why his support and belief means so much to them as at such a crucial age.

Foster Carers Tony and Debbie
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Fostering Siblings

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Tony and his wife Debbie started fostering in 2017, when their own children were 9, 8 and 6. They currently look after two siblings and a baby, so have lots of experiences to share about fostering siblings and the role of their own children.

Chris and Amanda Quote
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How one weekend care turned into something very special

Thursday 28 January 2021

Chris and Amanda have been fostering with Liverpool for 7 months, and what started out as a weekend respite care during lockdown has developed into something much more than anyone could have imagined.

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Sister's shine with determination and passion

Thursday 14 January 2021

With the support of their foster carers, sisters Chloe and Jenna have overcome many challenges, and they are now pursuing futures in things they are passionate about.

Siblings with foster child
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Phil's Blog - Fostering and Lockdown

Tuesday 05 January 2021

I wonder what you’ve missed most in ‘Lockdown’? Whatever your situation, I’m sure your life has been limited over the last year. Until that child came to live with us, he had lived in a permanent “lockdown". I know my family made a difference to his life.

Foster Carer Donna Quote
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"You can be their anchor"

Tuesday 01 December 2020

During Donna’s 10 years fostering she has seen children progress and feel more safe, secure and happy because of the routine, consistency and stability she has been able to provide.

Foster Carers Lynn and Saeid
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Lynn and Saied's Story

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Lynn and Saied have been fostering for ten years and during that time they have looked after over twenty babies, siblings and teenagers as well as children on an emergency basis.

Care experienced Katlin shares her story with us
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Change a future - Katlin's Story

Tuesday 17 November 2020

When Katlin first went into foster care she felt embarrassed and only told her best friend. Katlin told us how different she feels now, and how being fostered has helped her achieve what she wanted in life.

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Sons and Daughters Month

Thursday 01 October 2020

Anna gives a very honest and inspiring account of what it's like to be the daughter of foster carers!

Foster Carer Pip
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Fostering siblings during lockdown

Thursday 01 October 2020

Pip previously thought that being single, working full time and not owning her own property would all be barriers to fostering. She is now an amazing foster carer to three siblings!

Foster Carers Tony and Vicky
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Foster carer follows in Mum’s Footsteps

Thursday 24 September 2020

Tony and Vicky thought about fostering for a long time, because of the experiences they had whilst Tony’s Mum was a foster carer. Now they share their own experiences as a new foster family.

Foster carer Vicky and her pet dog
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"Our first year as foster carers"

Wednesday 05 August 2020

Vicky and Gary had known that wanted to foster for 10 years and that when they did, it would be about finding the right time. 9 months into fostering, Vicky shared her thoughts and experiences with us.

Care Leaver Bianca
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Change a future - Bianca's Story

Wednesday 13 May 2020

As a 19 year old on the cusp of an exciting future at University, Bianca is now able to pursue her dreams and realise her potential, because of the opportunities being fostered gave to her.

Quote from foster carers Tony and Vicky
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Fostering During a Pandemic!

Friday 08 May 2020

Becoming foster carers is without a doubt both exciting and nerve wracking under normal circumstances, but when Coronavirus and lockdown arrived, this added a whole other dimension to Tony and Vicky’s new role as foster carers!

Foster Carer Amina holding baby
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"I welcome them all equally with my heart"

Thursday 20 February 2020

When it comes to cultural differences, Amina says to her “Children are children.” All you need is space in your heart and in your home" - Amina.

Foster Carers Peter and Gaynor
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Could you give a baby the best start?

Thursday 12 December 2019

Over the last 14 years fostering with Liverpool, Peter and Gaynor have looked after 67 babies, and have found it really rewarding.  Peter told us, “It's something you can put 100% of yourself into, and get 100% and more back.”

Foster Care Alison
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Alison's story

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Alison’s inspirational story shows us that disabled foster carers have huge potential, and that the most important thing about being a good foster carer and achieving success, is the love and support you can offer to a child.

Foster Family
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Phil’s story

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Phil is married with two birth children and has been fostering since 2010. With his wife, he's fostered some respite and short term placements, but all his current foster children have been with them for over two years.