Stuart is one of a large sibling group. It has never been possible to place all of the siblings together but over the years they have been placed with foster carers in small groups. Most recently Stuart was placed with his brother, Mark, but their behaviour when together was difficult for their foster carers to manage as they got into a lot of fights. At the age of 14, Stuart had also got involved with a local group of teenagers who were encouraging him to stay out late at night, drink and smoke cannabis.
The decision was made to move Stuart to a new foster placement, away from the local area, so that he could have a fresh start. At first he didn’t like it and so made a few attempts to go back to his old neighbourhood. He tested his new foster carers with challenging behaviour (after all, he’s had a lot of moves) but they persevered and put appropriate boundaries and incentives in place, as well as a few compromises.
*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.