“I wasn't easy to look after, and I certainly tested her patience,” says Sam. But now he's on the straight and narrow, Sam realises that Janet was the first person to really give him a chance in life. He needed someone who could gave him the space to do his own thing and allow him to make mistakes, but to also patiently guide him into the right decisions. “Something just changed in me and I started to listen to what Janet was telling me. I realised that life is easier when you make the right decisions so I started to make them.”
Now a plasterer, Sam has settled down with Lorna, who works with vulnerable children and young people as a family support worker. “It can be difficult at times,” she says, “but my job has given me a big insight into what fostered children have gone through and struggle with. I know where they've come from and so want to do everything I can to give them a chance in life.”
Like many others, Sam & Lorna had thought about fostering for many years but wanted to wait until they'd had their own child before they started fostering. Now their beautiful daughter, Summer-Mae, is two, they feel that the time is right for them. “Having Summer-Mae has been amazing” Sam says, “we just love being parents and want to give other children the same chances that she has.”
*Names and Photo's have been changed to protect our young people's and carers' identity.