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Become a foster carer

0:00 [Wendy] I've been a foster carer for 32 years

0:02 which is quite a long time.

0:04 A lot of them have grown up

0:06 and got older now and they never forgot us.

0:09 And that's really heartwarming for us.

0:13 [Alice] I wasn't sure if I could be a foster carer

0:15 you know, I'm single.

0:17 I don't own a house.

0:18 I rent, you know, I work full time.

0:21 I didn't know if it was possible

0:23 for somebody like me to be a carer.

0:25 [Leanne] Anyone could be a foster carer, like

0:27 and hopefully get just

0:28 as much out of it as we do.

0:30 We've really enjoyed it.

0:31 Like we've got so much more out of it

0:33 than we've ever put in. That's for sure.

0:35 [George] Yeah. I think foster caring is definitely one

0:38 of the best things I've done in my life.

0:40 Seeing the children be happy,

0:43 to see them come outta their shell,

0:44 enjoy life more.

0:46 [Leanne] And they just wanna be part of your family

0:48 and do whatever your family does.

0:50 And so you drag 'em to football, fishing, or everything

0:53 just be part of your family, like any other weekend.

0:57 [Wendy] It's great to be able

0:59 to help children offer some stability,

1:01 a bit of love and warmth, guide them through life.

1:05 [Leanne] You get that connection with them

1:07 and the connections are just so rewarding.

1:10 Just think, oh God, this is worth it. Yeah.

1:15 [Alice] The more time I spend in this community of carers,

1:18 the more I realise that this is something that makes a lot

1:21 of sense to me and really fits who I am

1:24 and how I wanna be in the world.

1:27 As a carer, you're not just meeting the needs

1:30 of the child in your care.

1:32 You're working with the whole family.

1:34 [Wendy] These kids need homes and love and security.

1:38 So yep. If you're thinking about it, give it a go.

1:42 Every child should be happy.