Sheffield teens urge others to be foster carers

Madison Flint (left), aged 13, and Alice Brothers, aged 17.
Madison Flint (left), aged 13, and Alice Brothers, aged 17.
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These inspirational teens have helped their parents change the lives of other children - and are now encouraging more families to foster.

Madison Flint, aged 13, and 17-year-old Alice Brothers have been recognised by Sheffield Council and the Foster Network for helping change the lives of other youngsters.

They want other people to consider becoming foster carers ahead of the council’s next fostering information evening.

Madison, who lives in Woodhouse with her mum Donna has helped her foster for five years.

She said: “I really wanted my parents to be foster carers because I’m an only child and I thought it would be like having brothers and sisters around.

“What I really love about fostering is knowing that you’ve really helped a child.

“We feel very protective of them when they come to live with us.”

The Aston Academy pupil said she tried to ‘set a good example’ and get to know the youngsters coming to stay as well as being a listening ear.

She added: “The hardest part is always letting them go because if they have stayed with you for a long time they feel like your sibling. I just have to accept it’s best for them to go back to their birth family or be adopted while understanding our family has helped prepare them in the best way possible.

“I’d say to any young person whose parents are thinking of fostering it’s a great thing to do – it makes you feel good.

“Knowing we’ve helped a child through a difficult part of their life is really rewarding.”

Alice, a pupil at Meadowhead sixth form, has helped her parents Betty and David foster more than 40 children.

She said: “I think to be the son or daughter of a foster carer you have to have certain qualities – you can’t be self-indulgent or selfish and you have to be generous with your time and possessions.

“You have to understand some children haven’t had anyone to give them a hug, help with homework, or read them a bedtime story.

“I appreciates people’s backgrounds more, their culture, beliefs and where they have come from - fostering is a chance to change someone’s life.”

The fostering event is at the Quaker Meeting House, Church Street, Sheffield, from 5.45pm to 8pm on Wednesday, December 3.