Charlie, Brandon and Ellie’s Story*
Charlie, Brandon and Ellie were all very young when they came into foster care due to neglect – 4, 3, and 2 respectively. Developmentally, they were very behind – Charlie, the oldest, had not started nursery and was still in nappies. All of the children were malnourished, had severe dental problems and limited verbal communication.
All of the children were placed together and their foster carers began by seeing to the children’s immediate health needs, liaising with various medical professionals. The carers did an amazing job: in what seemed like no time, Charlie and Brandon were toilet trained, speech and language therapy was under way, and the children were gaining weight and starting to look happier and healthier. Charlie and Brandon also started nursery one day a week, and Charlie made so much progress that she had almost caught up with her peers.
These outcomes demonstrated a huge amount of work and commitment from the foster carers. The plan then became adoption. The foster carers’ next job was to prepare the children for their adoptive family: preparing ‘memory boxes,’ reducing and then stopping contact with the parents, and increasing visits to the adopters. It was an emotional time when the children moved on, but the foster carers recognised that their hard work had brought about the best possible outcome for these three children: a forever family.
*Names and Photo’s have been changed to protect our young people’s and carers’ identity.
Having spent most of his childhood growing up in foster care, Sam knew just how big an impact foster carers have in a child’s life. And now he’s decided to do something to help children like himself by becoming a foster carer!
After the breakdown of his family when he was just seven, Sam was separated from his older brothers and sister. He stayed with numerous foster families and went into residential care for a while, but settled with a foster carer called Janet who really helped to change his life.
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Parallel Parents is an independent fostering agency rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. We have over 20 years of experience and more than 200 foster carers looking after children and young people. We are a family run agency and believe that our child-focussed approach makes us really stand out from other agencies.