We asked a focus group of foster carers in Paignton what they thought the benefits of fostering were for them.

The response was overwhelmingly positive, with many describing fostering as a 'gift' and a 'privilege', and saying that it was rewarding to be able to 'make a difference' to children’s lives. They said it gave them more quality time with their family, gave them access to a large support network with other local foster carers in the area, and also said it was a viable career option for the right person with a caring attitude.

Foster carer videos

David's story

After raising four children of his own David and his wife decided that they wanted to give back and help children who needed a foster placement. Listen to David’s journey and hear what he and his family have got out of opening their doors to children who need a foster placement.

Julie's story

If your own children have left home but you still have a lot of love to give have you thought about fostering? Listen to Julie talk about why her family decided to foster children and why you should do this with Torbay Fostering Team.

Kate's story

If you have been thinking about becoming a foster carer but not sure what it involves hear from Kate about her journey with Torbay Fostering Team. Kate talks about why she decided to foster children and the rewards she gets from helping vulnerable children.

Feedback from foster carers

Being foster carers for Torbay has its benefits and can be very rewarding. Here is what some experienced carers have to say:

  • Rewarding job to be able to help children and young people.
  • Can make a difference in a young person’s life.
  • To be there for children through good and bad times.
  • Helping support a child through a difficult time in their life - offer some comfort.
  • Where you have had young people for a while and see them successfully return home - feel like you have done something to help that family.
  • Help young people through hard times - make a difference in their life.
  • Rewarding when you see children you have cared for grown up and they acknowledge the positives that you have made in their life.

Feedback from children in foster care

  • Being in foster care is better than being at home.
  • It is a safer environment being in care
  • I moved into foster care and everything else was good for the next 3 years.
  • Going with someone nice, having animals, being with friends and family.