"Swiis are not just a fostering agency, they are friends and family who we can lean on when times are hard."

Lisa and Ed's fostering story

Foster carers Lisa and Ed

Since March 2019, Lisa and Ed have cared for 13 children in their Durham home as foster carers for Swiis Foster Care.

Becoming a foster carer is a rewarding and often unpredictable experience, that can significantly impact a child or young person’s life for the better.

Lisa said

“We really wanted to provide a warm safe environment for children and especially wanted to keep sibling groups together. Since becoming foster carers, Swiis have made us and the children we care for feel like we are part of an extended family.”

“Seeing the change in children that come into our care as they become part of our family and  watching them flourish, gain confidence and independence is very satisfying. We love seeing them just being happy and feeling more positive about their future.”

“Becoming part of the children’s lives is really rewarding. We use our past experiences and family traditions to encourage and positively influence the children in our care. Hearing the children calling us their family and when they tell us they love us is just great!”

It takes on average, four months for someone to become an approved foster carer with Swiis. During this time, prospective foster carers will undergo our four-day ‘Toolkit for Fostering’ training, gather references and prepare for their fostering panel interview.

As Lisa recounts from their own fostering application process:

“From the moment Swiis came into our home for the initial home visit we knew that we had chosen the right fostering agency. They were very friendly and made us feel listened to and at ease.”
Lisa and Ed

“Throughout the fostering assessment process, we were greatly supported and Swiis frequently kept in touch to update us with everything that was happening with our application to become foster carers.”

“When we came to our fostering panel, we were so nervous but the team in the North East office made us feel very much at home and immediately part of the Swiis family.”

Currently, there are 82,170 children in need of care every day, but currently only 43,000 foster households in England.

Swiis Foster Care recently undertook new research about the common fostering misconceptions and the public’s attitude towards fostering and found that 22% of the UK public would be open to a career in foster care.

However, the research shows that common myths unfortunately persist around the ages people can become foster carers, (over 21yrs, with no upper age limit, providing the foster carer is fit to work), living circumstances, sexuality, work situations, relationship status and whether or not you have experience with children.

In our survey, nearly 10% of people thought that members of the LGBTQ+ community could not foster, whilst a further 29% were unsure if they could.

Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community is not a barrier to becoming a foster carer and we welcome applications from both LGBTQ+ couples and single individuals.

When we asked about what Lisa and Ed would say to other same-sex couples considering fostering, Lisa said “Be as honest and open as you can. As long as you have the time and dedication to give to these young people, you will find it far more rewarding than any financial gain.”

“We came to Swiis with total honesty and transparency. Our sexual orientation has never ever been an issue.”

“Swiis have brought smiles to the children we look after and words of encouragement to ourselves. For us both, Swiis are not just a fostering agency, they are friends and family who we can lean on when times are hard.”

If Ed and Lisa’s fostering story has inspired you, speak to someone in our team about becoming a foster carer. They will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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