Janice, aged 58, from West Rainton has been fostering since January 2013 and to date has looked after 13 children.
Janice who has two children of her own, a son aged 31 and a daughter aged 26, first started thinking about fostering when her children had become more independent.
Janice says: “I originally explored the idea of fostering when I retired and I feared empty nest syndrome.
“I wanted to help young people and thought we could put our empty bedrooms to good use.”
Janice contacted Sunderland Children’s Services, which is now delivered by Together for Children and has been fostering ever since.
Janice usually takes emergency placements on a temporary basis for children aged between 2 to 11 years old whom are usually siblings.
Janice says: “It’s very rewarding to be able to help children that just need a safe and caring environment.
“My husband and both of my children play a very active role in supporting me in my foster care role. And since my husband suffered a cardiac arrest and brain injury last year I have been classed as a single carer.”
When describing the training and support from Together for Children, Janice says: “It’s excellent. I feel valued as a carer and would be happy to recommend fostering with Together for Children to anyone.”
For more information on how to become a foster career please contact our fostering team:
Tel: 0191 520 5553
Alternatively, feel free to come along to one of our monthly information evenings.