One of our amazing foster carers Yusuf has written about his thoughts on caring for one little boy who had a very difficult start in life.
“Fostering a child comes with its own rewards and challenges, however after each of my placements has ended and I have seen the children, once they have settled into their own home either with their biological or adoptive families, I know deep down that the challenges were and will always be worthwhile.
“Helping a child who has little or no stability in life and giving them a sense of security, until the time comes for them to settle back into their permanent homes gives me a sense of pride and achievement. To know that I have played my part in allowing them to continue developing in all areas, and a chance to have a stable life.
“The first child that came to me was no more than 4 weeks old. He came with multiple health issues including heart failure, hearing and sight impairment and global development delay.
“I recall seeing this tiny, poorly baby lying on a huge hospital bed surrounded by beeping machines was heart-breaking especially as I had been told the odds of his survival were very slim and even if he had a successful operation, he would have a difficult life ahead of him. I remember clearly thinking it seemed as if there was no hope. However, Little Abdul was a tough cookie and he fought hard to fight the odds and recovered extremely well. Little Abdul became our little champion. Every milestone was celebrated by the entire family, because mostly there was always doubt about what he would be able to achieve and do and he always came out a winner. Little Abdul stayed with us for several years and although the pain of him leaving us was immense, knowing he was going to be adopted by a family who had already adopted Little Abduls’s sibling, gave us a sense of relief.
“We see Little Abdul occasionally when he comes to visit us and to see how he has grown into a boy of nearly 6 years who is thriving in every aspect of his life, who speaks and eats as any other child does, who plays and walks and is continuing to achieve so much, gives me such a sense of pride because I feel that it was because we were blessed with a chance to help and support him, that he has managed to grown into the wonderful and bright little boy he is now.”