Kate and Julie thought about fostering but didn’t think they could until they came across Berry Street. Berry Street welcomes carers from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences - married, single or same sex couples.
“Kate and I have been fostering with Berry Street for the past ten years and we’ve absolutely loved it - it’s a big leap but it’s been so rewarding” says Julie.
“The idea had been floating around for a while and after speaking to some friends, they recommended Berry Street. After our initial enquiries we felt that it was possible and were then introduced to Claire our case worker. Claire held our hands as we commenced the process to become foster carers. The process can take months and involves a number of checks, training and assessment. It was all necessary to help get you prepared” says Kate.
“But there’s nothing better when a child you’ve been looking after comes up to you and says ‘can I have a hug’,” she adds.
“It’s a big leap. It can be difficult at times and challenging work, but it’s also very rewarding” says Julie
Could I be a Foster Carer?
At Berry Street, our foster carers are wonderfully diverse in terms of age, background, relationship status and experience. If you are over 21 and can offer a child or young person a safe and nurturing home environment, we will welcome your application.
You can make a huge difference to a child by providing a safe home
Find out what it takes to become a foster carer, enquire online today.