Sarah is passionate about fostering and says that carers are a very diverse group these days.
She set up her agency this year to help recruit foster parents to work for independent agencies and also provides assessment and advice.
Sarah said: “There’s a more diverse range of people coming forward now, people from all groups.
“Children are also diverse in their needs and the more people that come forward, the more able we are to meet those diverse needs.
“If it is something someone has thought about, for example if they live in a rented house, they’re a single person or live in a same sex relationship, they can become foster carers.”
In Sarah’s case, her foster parents were in their 60s when they took her on as an 11-year-old, which night not seem an obvious match but did work for her.
She said that people with a criminal record can be considered, but it depends what type of offence they have committed.
Sarah added: “There are probably couples where one or both have been made redundant, who always thought about the idea of fostering.
“Perhaps they’ve brought their own children up and think ‘we’ve done a really, really good job with ours, let’s see if we can make that difference’.
“Even if your children haven’t been the most angel-like children, you’ve been there and done it.
“Those people have had the experience and been down the road of ‘oh my god, where’s my child’ at 3am when they were supposed to be in at 11pm.
“How they’ve managed in those situations is part of what I’d be asking.”
Sarah, who is a mother of two children, said that she talks about her own experiences because she is so passionate about finding new foster families. This year 9,000 foster places were needed in the UK.
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