Eva and Vilmo - Camden Fostering

Eva and Vilmo

How did you get into fostering?

We were first introduced to fostering seven years ago by our friends. They were looking after a small girl back then. They told us that unfortunately her birth mother could no longer look after her, so she was placed in foster care. I became interested in fostering almost instantly then, because I wanted to help children in need.

How would you describe your experience so far?

This is the hardest job I have ever done so far, but also the most rewarding. I feel that we are making a real difference. Being parents to two grown up daughters who have already left home, we have a lot of childcare experience which comes in handy. However, it can be challenging to look after a child who is vulnerable or had had a difficult start in life.

What are the challenges and rewards of fostering?

We have looked after three teenagers so far. Each of them came from different backgrounds and with different values. We always have to adapt in order to accommodate these young individuals and to ensure that they feel safe and happy. They bring pain with themselves and it is often heart-breaking to see. Teens sometimes hide their vulnerability by showing anger.

The rewards are simple, everyday things, like a genuine smile and thank you from them, or when they achieve a certain grade at their GCSE, when they didn’t think it would be possible.

Would you encourage other people to look into becoming foster carers?

Absolutely! It may be challenging but it’s the best job I have ever done. Helping others is the best feeling in the world.

Contact

 

If you have questions about fostering or want to have an informal chat about your individual circumstances then please get in touch. Equally, if you are ready to start an application then we would love to hear from you. 

Email fostering@camden.gov.uk to find out more about fostering for Camden.

We'll send you an information pack and be in contact within 2 working days.

You can also call us on 020 7974 1283 or 0800 028 1436 (Freephone).

Open evenings

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will not be able to offer face to face information sessions. However we will be offering virtual sessions.

We hold information sessions throughout the year for people interested in fostering.

These give an overview of fostering, different types of placements, what fostering for Camden is like and gives you a chance to speak with a fostering social worker in an informal setting.

For more information and to book a place to attend, please contact the fostering team or call 020 7974 6783.

  • Thursday 4 November 2021 - 5:30pm-6:30pm (Virtual Meeting - Join Here)
  • Thursday 2 December 2021 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Thursday 6 January 2022 - 5:30pm-6:30pm

Our open evenings start at 5:30pm and finish at 6:30pm, unless stated. Please join the virtual meeting promptly.