J, aged 18:
Foster carers have done a lot for me. Especially when you are young, it’s important to know that someone loves you.
"She is a funny, caring woman who makes me feel safe. I am very lucky to have come to live with her. If you are looking to foster and you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, don't let anything stop you. They have made me feel like I belong here and like I'm part of their family, which is fantastic because you need to feel safe and happy."
When I was told I was going to be staying in a placement with a gay couple I was actually excited the only thing that crossed my mind was what my friends would think or say but my friends were actually very supportive and got on really well. People should never judge a gay couple they are the most amazing and caring people you could ever meet. I wouldn't change my time there for the world.
Young person, aged 15:
A good foster carer is someone who is dedicated, friendly, treats you the same, cares about you and is there for you when you need them. When I first moved in, I was nervous, but after the first three weeks I felt really welcome and ever since I have felt like I belong here. At Christmas, they made me feel welcome and part of the family. They take me to family parties and don’t leave me out. If people are thinking about fostering, I would ask them just to do it. Don’t judge the young person, give them a chance. I used to be a bit of a rebel; getting drunk and stuff. In the last year, I have changed and it’s down to my foster carer.
L, aged 18:
She taught me how to cook. I was sat watching cartoons and she said I could help her instead of just sitting there. She taught me how to make a broccoli soup; that’s now one of my favourite things to cook.