Bob and Sue's story
Bob and Sue chose to foster after their children had left home. They're empty nesters who had valuable time and energy to be a role model for groups of brothers and sisters.
Bob and Sue - foster carers
We would not hesitate to recommend fostering to anyone who wanted something with a challenge and also great job satisfaction at the end.
"The first siblings we fostered were brother and sister aged 6 and 4 who were part of a sibling group.
We did experience a lot of challenging behaviours but with the support of various services the children began to form attachments and enjoy their time with us.
They would still meet up with their siblings for days out and holidays. Seeing children retain their family links is very rewarding especially when they eventually return home to live together.
Most recently, we have been looking after siblings aged between 9 and 12. These have brought fresh challenges, such as looking after a child with a disability.
We have given a lot of support to the children to help them with emotions, hygiene and good routines.
When it was decided the children wouldn’t be going home, we were asked to consider having them long term. It wasn’t a question we had to think about; we knew immediately it was yes!
We would not hesitate to recommend fostering to anyone who wanted something with a challenge and also great job satisfaction at the end."
Did you know?
Many of the children in care in Stockport are part of a sibling group and we try to keep them together to help them feel more settled and to maintain their family bond.
Depending on the ages of the children, sibling foster carers can earn up to £431.58 per week for each child in placement.