Suffolk Foster Carers Association

run by Suffolk Foster Carers
for Suffolk Foster Carers

Suffolk FCA are here to

Promote and develop partnership with the local authority and all relevant agencies to ensure that looked after children in Suffolk receive the best service possible and achieve good life outcomes. 

Suffolk FCA are here to

Provide effective support for foster carers, to represent their views, and to assist foster carers to advocate effectively for the children in their care.

Suffolk FCA are here to

Develop awareness and knowledge amongst foster carers and those agencies working with looked after children. We are active on the Fostering Network’s East of England Regional Forum and the National Forum.

Perspective: WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …

I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee.

For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

For some that live alone, they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

With the weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

For some not getting on with family domestic abuse is rife…we never know what goes on behind closed doors.

Some were concerned about getting a certain chocolate for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

 

Realise that and be kind. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Success Stories

‘When Ben arrived in our family he was troubled and frightened. He had come from a home where his situation was uncertain and his family could never guarantee the next meal. After some time had passed he really started to open up to us and he flourished. He joined the local football club and we realised he had an interest in politics. I took this picture at one of our family days out, Ben is in the middle. He is part of our family as far as we are concerned and he seems so far from the child we first met. Ben has been with us for 12 years now and last week he graduated from the university of Exeter with a degree in political science. We are so proud of how far he has come and very excited about his future. ‘

Suffolk Foster Carers.

A few of our
Association Members

Michael Southin
Chair
Peter Duffy
Member
Kate Giles
Member
Nick Mawer
Member
Wendy Williams
Member
Sylvia Clark
Member
Gary Peck
Member
Tony & Marion Wall
Member
Chris Dickson
Member
Anna McDermott
Member

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