I have a number of friends who have had children returned to them after courts sent them home and they come back in brusied and battered. that's hard enough, cant even imagine how i'd feel if a child actually died. was hard enough when current bubs came back clearly damaged by his experience even if not actually physically harmed. very sad though.
foster carer for babies and toddlers, and also an adoptive parent.
My biggest fear it's sadly not just little ones teenagers also go back to a situation where nowt and I mean NOWT has changed it breaks me xxxxx
Married mum of two nearly adults !!! Grew up in care myself fostered for a long time so have a huge collection of much loved additional children. Fostering is forever xxxxxxx Just been approved for a sibling group who deserve to stay together - AS Left (5), AD Right (3) & AD Delight (13) xxx
Part of me screams HOW can this happen?? Yet a bigger part of me knows only too well just how easily it can.
With the huge cuts to social services there simply aren't enough "eyes" to go around. I hope this shameful government sleep a little less well in their comfortable warm beds (if they are even told about yet another child death) but doubt they would even really care.
Awful. It's brought back memories of one of my foster children. A teenager I fostered was told she had to return home. I am convinced that one of the deciding factors in returning her to her parents was the budget. I had a visit from the police a while afterwards because she had 'disappeared'. She was not where her parents claimed she was. The police were convinced that her family had murdered her but had no proof.
I'll never forget her - she was bright, funny and intelligent. :-(
Mom to BD (far older than I'm going to admit to - living nearby) and AS, Stig (15 - creating chaos at home). Supported by best friend (aka wonderwoman).