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The rewards of fostering in Buckinghamshire

Children - Family

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 1:26pm 17th May 2018.

As part of Foster Care Fortnight (14th-27th May) Mix 96 has spoken to a Buckinghamshire woman about her experience.

Liz Calver has been fostering in Buckinghamshire for nearly 12 years, she currently has a long-term placement with her at the moment and also does emergency care. 

This can mean she could get a phone call in the afternoon and the child may arrive the same evening. 

Originally, Liz was a full-time teacher but has since retired because of her love of foster caring.

She told us about her experience:

"The rewards you get when you see a young person in your care, gaining in confidence and succeeding in the world - it may be a very small thing - that's the reward really, that someone is actually succeeding.

"You think - yes that was worth doing."

Liz has this advice for anyone that wants to get involved:

"Talk to other foster carers in Bucks.

"It's quite important to work for a local authority, to foster for them because they can give you the right amount of support and training, which is really important."

Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign run by the Fostering Network that aims to celebrate the great work done by foster carers up and down the country.

Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Warren Whyte explains:

"We know that the desire to be a foster carer is not going to appeal to everyone and that is fine but we'd like to get people talking about fostering in general to raise awareness of the need and to get people thinking, even if they don't want to foster themselves, do they know someone who does?

"We know that word of mouth is one of the best ways of recruiting new foster carers and so we want to build on that and get the whole of Bucks talking about fostering!"

For anyone that is interested in fostering there is an information session at the County Hall in Aylesbury on Thursday (17th May). 

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