Hi Chelsea, Could you provide a little background on yourself and how you are connected to Futures For Children?
I was taken into care at the age of 7 due to neglect and abuse. I was looked after by Futures For Children and carers that worked for the agency. I remained in care until the age of 18.
What is your most positive memory of Futures For Children?
My most positive memory from Futures For Children would be some of the carers that I was placed with. Looking back on my experience, I can tell the carers really wanted to make a positive impact on my life.
Do you still have contact with anyone from Futures For Children?
Yes I do! Regina and David were the first family I was looked after by. I lived with them for a total of about 6 years, they were by far the best family I ever lived with. To this day i am still in contact with Regina and visit her up in Norfolk, where she moved to. To me, they are some of the
closest family I have. Even now they always remain supportive of me and push me to achieve the best I can in all areas of my life. I would say that most of my morals and the way i present myself now is down to this wonderful family.
I also remain in contact with a lovely lady called Polly, although I am not as close with her she was an excellent carer and I would always recommend her to anyone.
What piece of advice would you give to some one that is thinking of fostering?
Always show unconditional love! The fostering journey may not always be a smooth one. The simplest of acts, such as showing you care can have a profound effect on a child. It truly can be the impact on which path a child will take in later life.
How do you think your experience of fostering has positively shaped the person you're today?
I was lucky enough to have experienced some fantastic care. In a way, even though I was looked after by different families and it wasn't always smiles and rainbows, I feel like have taken a little bit from every one of my carers and feel this has, and will continue, to shape me as a person.
What advice would you give to a looked after child that might be reading this interview?
I would advise them to take advantage of the care they will receive, and never be too scared to ask for what they want or need!
Thank you Chelsea
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