Fostering stories

Bridget and her husband Dave started fostering through St Andrew’s Children’s Society 18 years ago. One of the children they fostered is Paul, who is sitting next to Bridget in these videos.

Ivor fostered with St Andrew’s Children’s Society for 20 years.

Here they share their fostering stories and feelings about fostering and what a difference it has made to their lives.

Photo of Bridget and Paul as they share their fostering stories

Bridget talks about why she and Dave, her husband, chose St Andrew’s Children’s Society and the support they have received.

Paul explains what being fostered means to him.

Ivor describes the impact fostering has had on his life, the children he has fostered, and the wider community.

Bridget talks about why she and Dave, her husband, feel valued as foster carers by St Andrew’s Children’s Society. She also talks about why they chose long term fostering and the support they have received from St Andrew’s Children’s Society over the years.

Ivor talks about what he likes about fostering with us and why he has done it for such a long time.

Paul was fostered by Bridget and Dave when he was eight years old. In this video he explains what it was like being part of the family, and how Bridget and Dave were always there for him.

Bridget talks about why she would recommend St Andrew’s Children’s Society to anyone thinking about fostering.

Bridget talks about how she got in touch with us after another of our foster carers recommended us to her. She also talks about the training she did with Dave, her husband, to become a foster carer. She mentions how she thought they would be too old to foster. However, she was delighted to find out that they could foster with us.

Bridget talks about why she thinks all children in care need specialised help. She also talks about the difference she feels she and Dave, her husband, have made to the boys they have fostered.

Bridget talks about the admiration she has for the children she fosters coming into a strange home. Paul talks about what it was like to have his own bedroom for the first time and being part of a family, not just a household.

In this video Ivor talks about the difference he feels he’s made as a foster carer. He also talks about how honesty is always the best policy.

Ivor talks about what a difference fostering can make to a vulnerable child’s live. Then he talks about how proud he is of the children he has fostered.

Ivor talks about how he’s found fostering a positive experience. He also talks about the challenges along the way. In addition, he talks about the types of children who might need fostered and the rewards for you as a foster carer.

Bridget talks about why she wanted to become a foster carer.

Why foster with St Andrew’s Children’s Society in Edinburgh and Aberdeen?

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Alternatively, please call us on 0131 454 3370 (if you live within 60 miles of Edinburgh) or 01224 878 158 (if you live within 60 miles of Aberdeen or Elgin) or email info@standrews-children.org.uk. We will then send you an enquiry form to complete and return.

If you have any questions or are unsure if you can adopt or foster through us, please contact us. You can use the details above to speak with one of our social workers.

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