He and his wife, Sarah already had three grown up children living at home but decided they wanted to experience some new challenges and rewards.

Nigel says: “Having spent 25 years bringing up our own children we felt that we could offer a good, stable home to a young person.”

Both Nigel and Sarah have found the support and training from Action for Children impressive. Nigel says: “We know that we can contact them 24 hours a day should the need arise for support or advice.”

The training has helped them to make a real positive difference to the lives of the children in their care, particularly when it comes to their future.

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"We have enjoyed watching our young person integrate into our family and become a real family member. He has overcome many of the issues that were previously in his life simply by being part of the family and having a regular routine."

Nigel, foster carer,

He continues: "In particular he now enjoys his schooling and is starting to think about his career choices, something that previously would not have been on his agenda."

Nigel would encourage others to consider fostering, saying: “You might not think that you have the necessary skills to foster but really it is a case of using your own life skills and experiences to help a foster child. The support that you get is invaluable and the whole process to become a foster carer is easily followed.”

"The rewards come in many different ways, from a simple ‘thank you’ for something you’ve helped them with, to attending the school parents' evening and hearing all the positive feedback."


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