"It is amazing how much a child in need can help you realise what is important in life"

Margaret's fostering story

Margaret Stemp

I had not previously considered becoming a foster carer as my youngest child was only 4 years old, however my husband was very keen to try and help as he was looking to change career and I felt he would be a great role model. I happily agreed to support him and we completed our assessment and training in 2004.

Very sadly, my husband became ill and passed away at the age of 47 so as you can imagine my world was turned upside down. I thought long and hard about how to move forward in my life as my youngest needed me home.

I decided to follow the path my husband had chosen and low and behold I found the job was so rewarding!

It is amazing how much a child in need can help you realise what is important in life.
Foster carer Margaret Stemp

It is a very different way of life than I was used to, the young people can be extremely vulnerable, but you can see them grow and flourish in the right environment.

The support that Swiis provides helps create a stable environment and I felt confident as a single carer after receiving training.

In 2008 I had the pleasure of a young person coming to stay with me that resulted in an application to adopt. He is the light of my life and makes me smile every day.

I then met Ian who joined our family and we were married in 2019. While it is fantastic to now have this extra help at home, Swiis offer round-the-clock support with the behaviour management team and my supervising social worker is always on hand if I feel like I need advice.

I would encourage anyone, whether they are single or part of a couple to foster with Swiis as it has completely changed my life and my children’s lives for the better.

If Margaret’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 – big or small!

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