We asked our Foster carers, young people and children their thoughts about fostering and Chrysalis Care.
What made you choose Chrysalis Care?
Their professionalism but ‘family ‘orientated support and care of the foster carers.
I chose Chrysalis Care because it seemed a small friendly company with excellent support.
It was very close. I felt at home when I visited on the open day.
This is a family run agency who truly care. It's staff are amazing, kind and helpful. If you are considering fostering, give them a call, they are honest and will talk to you openly about the ins and outs, the hardships and the amazing rewards. It's the best thing I ever did.
How has being a foster carer impacted your life?
Enhances my care and makes a united family, It Improves my knowledge and understanding of rules, regulation with all the training. The support groups and the team around fostering keep me busy, active in a happy harmonious home
It has enriched my life - after 2 sons it is wonderful having a daughter. Every day brings new challenges and life is never boring!
We have found fostering very rewarding, it hasn’t changed our life much at all. It has added another member to our family, even when our first foster child moves on next year, I know we will always be in contact.
Fostering has enabled us to learn so much about our own lives. It has given us the opportunity to place children's needs, feelings, wishes and beliefs before our own and consider the needs of the child primarily. It has been rewarding when we have seen young people leave our care and live independently and have a family of their own It has enabled our birth children to emphasise form a young age and enable them to be selfless and share their family and friends with other children.
Fostering can be extremely difficult and sometimes beyond exhausting, but always worthwhile and I’ve grown as a person as a result. I have more meaning and purpose to my life, something I’ve found an invaluable experience; I’ve proudly helped transformed the lives of young people, any child or teenager coming into my home is loved unconditionally and will not be given up on. Quite simply, I saw what was needed for a vulnerable child and delivered; I work as a team with my placements, after all we’re both on the same journey.
What advice would you give to future foster carers and their families?
We would encourage anyone who has a heart for children, the desire to see positive outcomes for children and to see children/young develop and grow, if you want that then do it.
For future foster carers just enjoy every day with your foster children. Small steps make a huge difference.
Welcome all children into your family and treat them as if they were your birth children. Be prepared for all the challenging behaviour and love the children unconditionally.
A few words from some of our children that are looked after and our foster carer's own children.
Fostering is fun, I love it because every time we get a child it means so much to me. I mean 'C' is the best and my best friend of my whole life.
My family are perfect just the way they are, BTW I dont like seeing us as a foster family, we are just family! :0)