the story of

laura

Here in Conwy we have a varied community of foster carers, including single foster carers like Laura, who started fostering a few years ago.

the foster family

Laura chose to foster for a number of reasons, but one thing that really influenced her decision was having a best friend in foster care when she was a girl.

“She would always come around to our house, but one day, I went around to hers to see if she wanted to play and her foster parents said she had left. I never saw her again. It really affected me.”

For Laura, joining our Foster Wales Conwy team means helping children stay in the local places they know and love, and maintaining those important bonds with friends and family.

“It’s so supportive. It really is all about community, giving something back and becoming part of a wide and supportive community of foster carers.”

“there’s no such thing as ‘typical fostering’”

Laura started by fostering babies and young children, but now she’s taken in all sorts of children, of different ages and with different needs. She knows first-hand how diverse the fostering experience is.

“I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as ‘typical fostering’. There are so many children in different situations with different needs. I’ve fostered siblings, teenagers, children with complex needs and babies.”

“they’re constantly surprising me”

Laura currently cares for 17-year-old Jenny, who used to live with her nan but who sadly passed away. 

“It was a very traumatic time for Jen. She has been through a lot and it hasn’t always been easy while she has grieved. We now have a lovely bond and she knows she can open up to me.”

Jenny’s dream is to become a doctor. As her foster carer, Laura is helping her on the way with lots of encouragement and support.

“She’s studying to get into college and is learning to drive, and I’m actually enjoying helping her with her revision, and taking her out for extra driving practice.”

Laura also cares for Ben, who has been in foster care since the age of two. When he first arrived at Laura’s home he was unsettled and nervous, but his confidence has really grown.

“He’s settled, he’s a happy-go-lucky little boy. I take him to swimming lessons and he goes to football club, which he loves. He’s constantly surprising me and achieving things we would only have dreamed of when Ben first moved in.”

want to start your own fostering journey?

If reading Laura’s story has inspired you to become a foster carer yourself, then we’d love to hear from you. Reach out today by filling in the form below, and a member of our team here in Conwy will be in touch.

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Our fostering success stories are based on the real-life experiences of Local Authority Foster Carers in Wales. To protect their privacy, and the privacy of the children and young people to whom they provide care, love and support, all the names have been changed and actors have stepped in to help us tell their amazing stories.

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