October is Sons and Daughters Month
Posted on: 1 October 2020
Sons and Daughters Month is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to celebrate the vital contribution that the children of foster carers make to foster care.
Those growing up in a fostering household have to share their parents, their toys and their friends, as well as sometimes cope with challenges other children do not face. However, it is very clear from those we have spoken to that they wouldn’t change things for the world.
Throughout the month, Fostering Devon are sharing stories and quotes from the sons and daughters of Devon foster carers. Here are some of the stories…
Brody is a one-year-old who fosters with his mummy and grandma. He has done so since he was born. Brody just loves playing with his foster siblings, they have helped him learn to crawl and walk this year. They play together and share toys and fun times, in fact he always smiles when they come home from school!
Taylor, aged 14, got in touch to tell us that his parents have been fostering since before he was born and so he’s quite used to having lots of young people around, in fact he loves having them around, they get on really well and make great memories together.
And finally we heard from Lydia, now 29, who grew up in a fostering household. Lydia explained that her mum has been a single foster carer for over 20 years and within that time she’s had lots of roles in the fostering household; a friend, an older sister and now (she feels) more of an aunty.
Lydia says: “One of the most important things for me growing up was that I was (and still am) part of the conversation; I never felt that big decisions were made without me and I always had an idea of who to expect through the door when someone new came to be part of our family.
“A constant has been how proud I am of my mum and what our family do. There have been some really challenging times and some brilliant celebrations in the last 20 years, it’s been exciting to say hello and sad to say goodbye but I can say with certainty that I would not want it any other way.”
As part of Sons and Daughters Month the Fostering Network is running a fancy-dress competition for children and young people growing up in fostering households. They are looking for fancy dress ideas which represent a favourite moment, event or aspect of fostering. Entries are now open, you can find out more here.
Winners and runners up in each age group will be shown on the Fostering Network’s website after judging. The closing date for entries is 31 October 2020. Good luck!