When I moved into my foster carer’s house it was excellent straight away. I stayed with my foster family for two years before moving on. My foster mother has been a pillar to me, supporting me throughout my time here and even to date. She is like my mother. Even now, she applies for jobs for me and encourages me to go for interviews. I live elsewhere but speak weekly and have overnight visits often with her. If I don’t ring her, she will ring me asking how I am. Where I’m coming from being alone, when I look back on my time with her, that is what motivates me to keep going, it was a great experience. Almost all the young people that have been with my foster carer always describe her like a mother.
I live with other people renting and work as a security guard in DCU for the past year. My strength probably came from having nothing to lose. When you have no one…no family, brother or sisters, I thought what else have I to lose?
The minute I was asked to share my story by my foster mother, I said I’d do it straight away. If it’s for Orchard Fostering, I’d do something every day for them as they helped my foster carer who helped me. I was always told by my foster mother that they were supporting us. I know the challenges that they (young people in foster care) still face to date. They don’t have anybody. If there’s anything I ever need, my foster carer still helps me.
Fostering is very very important. Most of the young kids don’t see the bigger picture outside this. I told the kids don’t rush yourself….look where I have everything. I have a job, a house and a say. But I still come to my foster carer and she still helps. I know if I need support, she is still there for me.