Michelle and Richard have been fostering with Calon Cymru for two years.
They are part of our wonderful team of Foster Carers, offering placements to children that need it most, children that have often been subjected to abuse and or neglect.
As Foster Carers they have undertaken extensive training with Calon Cymru, and receive 24/7 support to help these challenging children and young people. This is a demanding role, but it is endlessly rewarding.
The couple have experienced numerous proud moments through the last two years, but two in particular spring to mind:
“We had a 9 year old boy come to us having never been taught how to use cutlery. Fast-forward a few months, and being able to take him to a restaurant where he ate and behaved impeccably was an incredible turnaround.”
“A 9yr old girl running out of school into my arms beaming that she had won an award for most improved reader. This followed many months of tears and tantrums as her education had previously been neglected. Finally, she had proof that her hard work had paid off.”
“Both times we felt very proud that we had made a difference.”
The pair have received support from our third-party partner, Studio 3. They provide access to behaviour therapists and psychologists who are there to support our Foster Carers, as well as the young people in their care.
Richard says, “We have completed many training courses and have access to Studio 3. Whilst at Studio 3 we can discuss problems or worries with a psychologist. They help by giving advice and strategies to deal with the situation.”
As well as access to Studio 3, they have regular contact and support from their Calon Cymru Supervising Social worker, which Michelle describes as ‘reassuring’.
“I speak with my SSW weekly and she visits fortnightly. One of the important things for us is that we can access support at any time of the day or night. When I have rung Calon Cymru outside office hours, staff already knew who I was and knew the Foster Child we were discussing. It was reassuring and helped in a potentially challenging time.”
They’re always looking to help Calon Cymru recruit badly needed new Foster Carers by spreading the word about fostering and busting any myths that surround supporting children in care.
Michelle says, “We are very proud of what we do. We answer questions and whenever possible speak to people to spread awareness around the work Foster Carers do. There just needs to be a better understanding about looked after children.”