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14th Aug, 2022

Single Solihull grandmother busts myths on being a foster carer

Sarah Mason 16th Feb, 2022

A SINGLE grandmother who works part-time is calling on those in similar circumstances not to be put off by ‘myths’ surrounding fostering.

Roz works three days a week as a teaching assistant and lives as a single foster carer in her two bedroom apartment in Shirley.

Having worked with children with complex needs for 25 years, the 61-year-old decided to help children within her own home through fostering.

She cut her hours from full time to part time to enable her to become a carer.

She said: “People often think that you have to be in a relationship to foster but this certainly isn’t the case.

“It is important to have a good support network around you, however and I’m lucky that my family live close and are able to help out.

“I realised that I could either continue working full time or I could switch to part time whilst also giving a child a loving and stable home.

“I would urge anyone who is wondering whether they could be a foster carer to go for it – it’s the most fulfilling and rewarding thing you can do. Don’t assume that your personal circumstances are a barrier.

“The fostering team at Solihull Council has been really supportive and my supervising social worker is always on the end of the phone if I need her.”

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