Mandeep, a seasoned foster parent based in Leicester, and her husband Harpreet, have been fostering children for over six years. Inspired by a deep-rooted love for children that has always been a part of their family legacy, the couple were motivated to venture into fostering by close family friends who had been foster parents for almost 15 years. For Mandeep and Harpreet, fostering presented an invaluable opportunity to provide stability, love, and a nurturing environment to children desperately in need of these fundamental pillars of life.

The couple have two biological children of their own—an 18-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter—but for Mandeep, becoming a foster parent has been an eye-opening experience. “When foster children arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs, it’s a vivid reminder of the urgent care and love they need,” she says. Such situations have underlined the importance of patience and empathy when interacting with children who come from complex backgrounds.

Mandeep recounts instances where children came into their care with little more than the clothing they were wearing, highlighting the neglect they’d experienced in their biological families. She’s learned that every child they foster brings a unique set of complexities and challenges, reminding her that the journey of learning is always ongoing.

The takeaway from this chapter in Mandeep and Harpreet’s lives is that fostering is not just about offering a home, but a sanctuary filled with love, understanding, and lots of  opportunities for growth. Come back for the second episode next week!

Did this story resonate with you? Imagine the fulfilling journey you could embark on by transforming the life of a child or young person. If you live in East Anglia or the East Midlands, and can offer a spare bedroom for fostering in a caring, secure home, you already have some of the groundwork for becoming a foster parent.

With us, you’ll never be alone on this journey. We provide comprehensive training and 24/7 support to our foster parents to ensure you are fully equipped to provide the best care. Alongside the emotional rewards, a competitive allowance is also in place to help you in providing for your foster child.

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