A single mother from Runcorn has been speaking about her experiences of fostering. “Foster Care Fortnight” came to an end 21 May but Halton Borough Council will continue their campaign to raise awareness that single people and same sex couples are encouraged to foster in the area with their local authority.

Our single Foster Carer Alison told us about her life leading up to her decision to pick up the phone and make an enquiry, she said that “I’ve always preferred to work and just get on with something rather than sit still, so my decision to foster (for me) was an easy one to make. I needed to make sure my son Jamie (age 7 at the time) was going to understand and accept that we’d be opening our home to children and sharing our day to day lives with them, if Jamie had any sort of problem with it I would have waited until he was ready. I reached a point where I felt as if fostering was a sign- I just kept seeing the phone number and posters all over the place, so I made the call. I didn’t consider a private agency as I knew these companies were paid a significant amount to accept children”.

We asked Alison about what a typical day is like for her now that she’s two years into fostering and has moved over six children onto adoption “I might be stressing one day but the next we will all be having a lovely picnic in the park. I’ve been able to see changes in the kids that I look after from start to finish and day to day can vary so much, depending on the children I foster”

Alison also opened up about the different support networks she has in place- an important thing to consider before embarking on the fostering journey, who to depend and lean on during trying times… “I am learning how to drive, but at the moment I need my Mum and Dad to help me with lifts, it’s so important to keep the children I foster in the same schools, so I often do the school run at opposite ends of town!”

We asked Alison to describe in 3 words what she thinks about fostering with Halton Borough Council to which she said “I Just Love it!” and even though that’s 4 words got the message loud and clear.

Jenny Clayton, Principal Manager, Halton Fostering “I commend Foster Carers like Alison for putting her skills and experience to great use, welcoming children and siblings into her home- I urge people to approach us and find out if they could do the same

If you want to find out more about fostering for Halton call 0800 1953175 or complete an enquiry form here 

Tune in to Halton Community Radio Thursday 25 May to hear staff from the fostering service and our foster carers talk about how to apply and what it’s like to foster for Halton.