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Wendy & Stephen

Wendy and Stephen are new to fostering, having recently been approved by the Community Foster Care Panel in Gloucestershire. Between them they have brought up children, stepchildren and have a large extended family with who they enjoy camping holidays.  

We have worked many years in social care, and feel our life/work experience will help contribute towards our roles as foster carers. Steve reduced his hours of work this year, and so we took this opportunity to look further into our interest in fostering.  

The Community Foster Care website appealed to us as it was informative, and family orientated. After initial phone contact and a home visit, we decided to start the process of assessment.   

The assessment period was completed over a period of three months and included weekly home visits. This enabled us to build up a relationship with our supervising social worker, allowing us to feel more comfortable and relaxed as we explored the different topics relevant to understanding the process of becoming a foster carer, such as life skills and what we could offer individually and as a couple.    
We also attended the Skills to Foster training course which we found  interesting, thought provoking and enjoyed contributing to discussions. If you are reading the profiles with a view to finding out more information on how to become a foster carer, you will find that Community Foster Care are friendly, approachable and professional.  

We are now looking forward to welcoming a child into our home and family, knowing we have the support and encouragement from Community Foster Care."