“Fostering is rewarding, satisfying and gives you an immense sense of achievement”

Sheen's fostering story

Foster carer Fran Dennis
We believe,
Be the reason someone smiles,
Be the reason someone feels loved,
And believe in the goodness in people

Up until 2019 I was working full time in a pharmacy and owned my own business running a nursery, as well as looking after my little 9 year old.

After meeting a friend at my son’s school who had been fostering for 11 years, I was inspired after meeting their foster children and just could not wait to be a part of it.

We were approved as foster carers with Swiis in January 2020 and waited eagerly for our first placement. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic hit us all, but eventually we were asked if we would be interested in a respite placement for up to 4 weeks for a 17-year-old girl. We were nervous to have a teenager as our first placement, but said yes and a beautiful, lovely young lady came into our house. The placement ended up being extended to 5 months until she turned 18.

The first 6 weeks were no less than a roller coaster ride, we went through disagreements, fall outs, oh gosh the list goes on!

But with love, care, commitment, and the right guidance from Swiis, things started to take a positive turn.

From the young person developing habits like smoking and staying outside the house until late, everything changed and the young person loved to be back at home by 7pm for family dinner time, movie nights etc. The smoking stopped and the young person started to  help me with the house work, cooking, learning to do laundry, you name it! We had an altogether different young lady.

The young person took the time to make her own CV and apply for jobs and managed to have a few days work experience. This was a real learning curve as it boosted her confidence and helped her to overcome her insecurities.

Our young lady turned 18 recently and moved into student accommodation near our house.

During the viewing of her room the young person said to me "Sheen, if it was not for you coming into my life, God knows what would have happened to me. You always kept me focused and grounded". That was the best parting present I could ever have had, I felt very proud and teary. It meant a lot coming from this young person.

Fostering can be very stressful, tiring, overwhelming and keeps you on your toes all of the time. When the outcome is so positive like we have experienced with this young person, it is rewarding, satisfying and gives you an immense sense of achievement. It is the best job and the most beautiful life experience anyone could have. We cannot wait for our next chapter to begin.

If Sheen’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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