Christmas can be and should be a magical time, but many children and young people find this time of year very stressful and difficult - some of them may never have even experienced Christmas before.
Foster Carer, Julie has experienced all the ups and downs this time of year brings but through it all she has made sure that each and every one of her foster children get the Christmas they deserve – even after they have left her care.
‘When I came into fostering I decided that when the children had left my house to go to their forever home or long term carers I would like to be part of their lives…Maybe see them a few times each year and buy them a present at Christmas. This was normal as they had been part of my family while they stayed with us.’
‘As my fostering career has moved on and the number of children I have fostered has grown, I’ve realized that I have to down-scale a bit on the presents – not just because of the amount of gifts, but because my husband has to deliver them and he is looking more like Father Christmas ever year, and I’m not talking about his waist size!’
‘Giving a gift shows my former foster children that I still care for them and that they were, and still are, part of a bigger family.’
‘Right now I have to get an extra 21 gifts at Christmas so I start shopping in October !’
Whether it is the first time you have thought about fostering - or the hundredth, there are lots of young people in Wirral looking for loving foster carers just like you.
We need to recruit more foster carers than ever before – do you have the heart to foster?