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Real stories

Let us introduce you to some of the wonderful people who decided to foster with our partners across the North East. Here they kindly share their own experiences of fostering, talk about the children they have looked after over the years and offer advice on what others considering fostering may want to know.

Joanne's story

Joanne was always drawn to fostering but as a young married mum-of-two aged just 22, she thought fostering would be something her and her husband would do in the future.

Leigh's story

Single mum, Leigh, 34 has been fostering since 2020. She has so far focussed on short-term fostering, welcoming several younger children into the family home she shares with her daughter, 10, and their adorable dog, Dexter

Sarah and Chris' story

Sarah loved working with, and seeing young children learn every day in her job as a nursery manager, but when her son arrived, and with health issues that had niggled since childhood worsening during her pregnancy, she started to re-think the whole idea of going back to work.

Lesley and Anth's story

As the innovative Mockingbird fostering model is introduced in all local authority partners of Foster with North East, we spoke to hub carer Lesley to bring you real-life insight into the scheme which has been pioneered by The Fostering Network.

Kath and Alan's story

After 16 years, Kath and her husband, Alan, haven't lost any of the motivation or drive for their roles as foster carers, which at first seem a world away from their previous careers in law and the RAF. Speaking to Kath about her passion for fostering, it's clear how she's inspired others around her to try fostering for themselves.

A day in the life of foster carer Karen

Karen has been a short-term foster carer for 11 years alongside her husband Brian who works as a motor vehicle technician. They live with their 18-year-old daughter who works a nursery school and son (11 years old) who attends a SEND school and they are currently caring for a 7 month old baby.