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Working mum finds new purpose through foster care

With people across England facing bleak employment prospects as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a mother from the East Midlands believes that more people should consider fostering in this time of uncertainty.

Nina started fostering in 2019 and is currently looking after two siblings on a long-term placement which means the children will remain in her care until they can live independently as adults.

Nina first considered fostering in 2011 when her five biological children grew older and started to live more independently. At that time, Nina came close to fostering but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right moment in her life.

Seven years later, Nina met a foster carer through work, who told her about Five Rivers. She recalls: “Part of my job as a forensic sampler was to visit children and young people and I met so many inspiring foster carers who have dedicated their lives to supporting those who need it most. At the end of 2018, I ended up speaking to a mother who had just started fostering with Five Rivers, and after hearing her story, I felt it was the right time to consider fostering again.”

Speaking of her decision to foster, Nina said: “I felt alone after my own children moved out and became more independent, I missed the busy times and the school runs – the house felt empty. I took on a second job as a phlebotomist, but I still felt like something was missing from my life. Even though the children have only been with us for a short period of time, the house is full, and I feel like I have a purpose again.”

Nina and her husband Alan regularly attend Five Rivers training courses in order to increase their skills in safeguarding and have also participated in courses including first aid and diversity, equality and radicalisation. Nina commented: “The training courses have been very beneficial, I think the more courses you do, the better equipped you are as a foster carer. It is also a great place to meet other carers and build a support network that’s outside of your direct circle with people who are going through similar experiences as you. It goes without saying, Five Rivers’ round-the-clock support and 24/7 availability has positively influenced my role as a carer and foster mum.”

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