We’re fairly new to fostering – we welcomed our first child around 18 months ago and have now fostered three children. We chose to foster as it was something my wife passionately wanted to do and I’ve always wanted to give something back by helping children who are less fortunate, so this was the perfect match. Also in our Muslim faith it is very rewarding to help and take care of anyone who is need of a home.
We have two of our own children who have played a big part in making our fostering a success. They have learned a lot about children who have had very different upbringing and it has helped them to be strong and understanding; they are happy to share their parents with foster children.
Some people think you can’t work and foster which isn’t true. My wife and I work full-time and I run my own barber’s. We have children of school age placed with us and, with our own two also being at school, we make our jobs work around the school day. It can be challenging but it works, just like it does for lots of other families.
When we started, we did not know what to expect from fostering but now we would not change it for the world. It is a part of our lives and we hope to continue to help as many children as possible. We definitely enjoy working with the Trust and all the training that has been provided has taught me a lot. We also feel confident that they are there to support us when needed which is important.
So, I would say if you’re interested, just go for it as when you start you will wish you’d done it years ago and it’s never too late!
Moe Boubker is a foster carer with Slough Children’s Services Trust
If Moe has inspired you and you are interested in becoming a foster carer then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 0730291. One of our advisors would be happy to talk to you about fostering in more detail and perhaps start you on an exciting new journey.