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Bucks woman urging people to foster

During this lockdown there are children of all ages looking for a temporary home.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 7:55am 17th May 2020. (Updated at 5:18pm 19th May 2020) 3-minute read.

Bucks woman urging people to foster

Foster carers are still needed in Buckinghamshire despite the lockdown. 

Debbie Armstrong has been fostering for nearly a decade and in that time has fostered over 50 children. 

She is just one foster carer asking people to look into joining them:

"We have a buddy scheme that has experience foster carers to support new foster carers. We are still so called 'normal' and are still assessing and recruiting, albeit through video chats and our information evenings are still happening online.

"I think it is an amazing thing to do. Children arrive sad and quite quickly can be transformed and quite quickly you can see that difference in the children. 

"What I'm saying is no matter what age, whether there is a pandemic going on foster carers are still needed. Probably in the climate we are in now, even more so."

Currently 55,000 foster carers are supporting around 65,000 fostered children however more are needed. 

As part of Fostering Fortnight people like Debbie are sharing their story to encourage others to join, or look into it. 

Debbie specialises in short stay fostering of primary age children, which can be anything from a night to a year.

However, the needs and ages of children can range. 

Foster carers are approved for a certain age group and matched depending on their circumstances but these can change.

Debbie says now and always there is a support network as well:

"We communicate with each other talk to each other and offer support to each other. I think that makes the fostering community work well. 

"I think its asking for that help if you have any issues and your fellow foster carers and social workers can help you through any tricky times you might be having."

debbie and grandson

Debbie's daughter, Meghan who has a toddler of her own is also currently applying to become a foster carer.

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