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“We get on like we’ve always been together!”: Foster Carers Stories

At Compass Fostering we know that everyone comes from different backgrounds, has different life experiences, and have various reasons for wanting to become foster carers. That’s why when we talk to prospective carers, we see the amazing qualities that they could bring to a child’s life.

It can be daunting trying to find out more about becoming a foster carer, there’s lots of information out there, along with hearsay and myths that can be confused for facts.

Like any process that requires thorough checks and references, there are certain requirements that you need to meet to be a foster carer. But as long as you meet these basic criteria any fostering agency would be happy to talk to you to discuss your situation.

Sarah’s Story
Flying Solo
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Sarah is a single foster carer with Compass Fostering, Sarah has always wanted to become a foster carer, this became a reality for Sarah in March 2021.

Sarah has not had her own birth children, but with Compass seeing the potential in her to be a fantastic foster parent, we encouraged her to continue her journey. Sarah welcomed a sibling group in April 2021, who are now settled into their new home.

Becoming a foster carer is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Yes, it can be quite challenging at times, especially as a solo carer. But the help and support I receive from Compass is endless. No regrets, best decision ever and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

At Compass we are never too quick to judge.

I know that there are many people who have the ability, drive, and commitment to work around these kinds of barriers, with the wrap around services Compass has to offer, we can progress new carers to take that leap of faith to start their fostering journey.

Garry’s Story
Challenging the Stigma
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Garry had always wanted to be a foster carer, but with his criminal record, thought that he would be unable to.

Nevertheless, Garry decided to approach Compass’ recruitment team. After a thorough exploration of his background and record, the team found no reason why Garry wouldn’t make a wonderful foster carer. Compass understands that our applicants come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences and look for the potential in all applicants.

We will never compromise the safety of our children and young people. That’s why we let the Government guidelines and National Minimum Standards determine who can and cannot foster, rather than basing our assessments on bias or judgement.

In some cases, depending on the type of background information, we sadly cannot allow individuals to be recommended as a foster carer. You can read here about being a foster carer with a criminal record.

Garry’s case is a testament to our open-minded approach. Since being approved as a foster carer, Garry has welcomed two foster children into his home, both of whom have settled in very well.

Thank you, Garry, for taking the plunge and making a lasting difference to children’s lives.

My journey to becoming a foster carer started late in life. I’d thought about it for years then I took early retirement. When I made the move, I’m so glad I did. I now care for a lovely little 7-year-old boy, and we get on like we’ve always been together!

We want to be the fostering agency that sees everyone’s potential. Compass offer a ‘screening in’ assessment process rather than ‘screening out’. As long as you meet our main criteria to be a foster parent, we’ll be more than happy to discuss your options.