Christmas time, a time to remember all my foster children

One special foster carer, Glenys, understands how difficult Christmas can be for children and young people.

Christmas time, a time to remember all my foster children

Christmas time for many Stockport children and young people in foster care is an emotional time but for many of these children there are wonderful rewards when they find themselves in comforting environments with local foster carers.

One special foster carer, Glenys, understands how difficult Christmas can be for children and young people.

“You have to be sensitive around Christmas” says Glenys, “because it can have been a hard time for some children in the past. Some of the children have never seen a Christmas present”. I’ve got into a habit that’s been going for twenty years or so now, I buy a Christmas decoration for the tree every year that’s been chosen by the child or children that we’re fostering. We also buy a second one that can go in the child’s memory box too so they remember their time with us”. Seeing the Christmas tree and the baubles again brings the happy memories flooding back and I am so fortunate as I’m in touch with most of the children still.”

Glenys has been fostering for Stockport Council for more than 22 years and has seen more than 100 children arrive and leave her home. The children have been brothers and sisters, babies and troubled teenagers. Glenys understand the value of a good foster care and what stability they can bring to the life of a child or young person in need and what Christmas means to them.

Councillor Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “it is so heart warming that Glenys and other fostering families in Stockport are helping our children and young people to create Christmas memories they can cherish.

Our foster carers in Stockport do an incredible job every day, not just at Christmas, and we are proud of them all.”

In Stockport there are over 150 fostering families but with an increase in the number of children coming into care the fostering team are encouraging people to come forward to consider fostering older children or brothers and sisters. They hold regular monthly open evenings for people to find out more about fostering for Stockport Council, the next open evening is being held on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at Stockport Town Hall, starting at 6pm.

To find out more about fostering with Stockport Council visit www.stockport.gov.uk/fostering