Foster Carer stories – Fighting for change

As a population we often forget that children are in care through no fault of their own, and we brand them with societally held prejudices that exasperates their trauma. Their actions when experiencing trauma (and the upheaval of everything they know) cannot be helped without the therapeutic support from a supportive, confident & well trained care giver.

We see daily how therapeutic and tailored support makes small, incremental changes in our children’s behaviour and attitudes towards their futures. Small changes that snowball into monumental moments that beforehand, seemed far out of reach.

This has been the reality for our North East foster carer Debbie and her foster daughter, SW. SW came to The CFT with a reputation as a bit of trouble-maker who frequently absconded from school. But through the hardwork of her care givers and her sheer focus and determination has turned her school life around and is now an A-Level student with hopes of becoming a primary school teacher.

Debbie wanted to share this fantastic milestone through our Andrew Turner Award which SW was awarded, acknowledging her unbelievable turn-around.

Here’s Debbie’s nomination in full –

As a foster carer with The CFT – Confidence is a huge part of ensuring as a team we provide the best outcomes for our children. Confidence means being steadfast in the face of adversity. Confidence means demonstrating that when you know something isn’t right, to fight for positive changes no matter the barriers.

We stand alongside our carers, who arguably get to know their foster children much better than any teacher or health professional ever could. Fighting for change meant SW had the best possible chance to make her future a reality, making positive choices at home and in school.

What an outstanding achievement.

If you can support a young person to reach their full potential – we want to hear from you.

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