Rose has been a foster carer for The Foster Care Co-operative since 2006, and has become a specialist in caring for PACT Placements (Parent and Child Together), which is typically a young mum and newborn, and unaccompanied asylum seekers.
Rose said, “I wondered if I would be accepted to become a foster carer as I am a single woman and I was concerned that a more traditional family setting was the only one that would be considered. After talking about my situation with a qualified social worker at FCC, I was reassured that this was in no way considered a disadvantage and that for some children and young people, a single female carer may be the best match to meet their individual needs.”
Since becoming a foster carer, Rose has looked after a number of children, and over the last few years has been providing stable and lasting placement for unaccompanied asylum seekers who have arrived in the country after a long, arduous and hazardess journey from their place of origin. In all cases, fleeing from unimaginable hardship and danger. These young boys could speak no English, and were alone without the protection of their family – some of whom had been injured or worse in conflicts in their homeland. Rose said that the early days were emotionally draining for all of them and says she hopes she helped to make the world seem a little less scary for these young and vulnerable children that have been entrusted to her care.
Rose took these boys into her home and made them feel welcome. She made herself familiar with their faith and culture, and helped them to settle. This involved advocating for them to access education, which she did successfully – all of them achieved fantastic exam results, and are now at university or are employed. “It was a two way process and I feel privileged to have been able to offer a home to the boys. We have learned together about each others faith and culture and how to live together, and I consider them my family.”
It is very clear when speaking with them, they all think the world of Rose, and seem themselves as part of her family. Rose comments, “the rewards of fostering are numerous and almost too many to list, but the overwhelming feeling is a sense of pride and fulfilment that has helped these frightened children grow and develop into mature, confident young men.”