Lynne Roe from Sittingbourne has been fostering for eight years.
She is currently fostering two boys aged seven and nine years who have been with the family for the past six years alongside her own children aged 10 and 12 years.
"I grew up living next door to foster carers so had an idea of what it was like. When I decided to become a foster carer I was working in Canary Wharf and bringing up our young family, I decided I wanted to do something completely different. I can honestly say I have fulfilled my dream.
I started fostering when my own children were very young and have had our two fostered boys for six years, they have now been granted permanence. This means they can be with us for as long as they want which gives them security and stability, ones says they will be with us until they are 27 and the other 65!
The ongoing network of support from KCC is fantastic. Locally we have two support groups which all foster carers in the area can come to. These give us a chance to talk about certain topics of conversation as well as an opportunity to share experiences which is so important. I am also a mentor for new foster carers and currently have two I regularly call to offer help and advice if they need it."
There's also a wide range of training available. I have completed a college Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce and am currently working towards a BTEC Level 4 Expert Practice in Working with Traumatised Children.
I would absolutely recommend becoming a foster carer. It is very rewarding to have a child into your home who has not had the best experiences in their life and see them become a ….. I love my job."