Case Study: Ruth

Posted: Tuesday 1st August 2017

Foster Carer Case Study: Diane 

Diane is a single foster carer living in Blackpool and has been fostering for 15 years, she particularly enjoys the challenges and rewards that come with older children.

“I’ve fostered children at different ages and stages, including babies and toddlers, but I really like the challenge of working with teenagers,” she explains. “They tend to have more complex emotional needs, including self-esteem issues, and when you can identify and fulfil these needs, you really feel like you’ve achieved something. More new foster carers should definitely care for a teenager!”

Regular training and ongoing support from the fostering team has been a key factor in Diane’s success as a foster carer.

“You need to better yourself to understand how best to work with and help each child,” she says. “I enjoy going to courses and I do a lot of training.”

Teenager

For Diane, supporting the children in her care to fulfil their potential is the greatest part of being a foster carer.

“One of the first girls I fostered had a bad accident at 13. She spent 6 weeks in hospital and 12 months at a rehabilitation centre but lost the use of her legs. As time went on she got better and really got into fencing. She made it onto the Paralympic team and we went to the London 2012 games. It was absolutely fantastic, I was so proud of her achievement”. Most of the children I have cared for have all gone to college and university.’

Diane explains that fostering can be a challenge, but the hard work is completely worth it.

“When the children arrive they can be closed and lack confidence.”

“Then you work closely with the young person find out what their needs are and work to build their confidence and self-esteem. I like to get young people into sports, take them on trips and communicate with them, letting them make decisions for themselves,” Diane explains.

“I feel like I’ve achieved something when I can sit back and the children are coming home on time, socialising, laughing, enjoying themselves and sharing problems – that’s what it’s all about.”

And what would Diane say to someone considering fostering?

‘Give it a go,” she urges. It’s not all hard-work and there are children and teenagers out there who need a loving home.”

If you’d like to know more about becoming a foster carer with Blackpool Council visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/foster for further information and a full list of upcoming events. Alternatively you can speak to a friendly member of our experienced team on 01253 477888.