Search

Romford foster carer encourages people to sign up

18:09 13 May 2014

Donna Taylor

Donna Taylor

Archant

A foster carer has spoken out about how a chance comment from a colleague changed her life and saw her family grow.

Foster Care Fortnight was launched this week, and Donna Taylor of Romford has encouraged anyone interested in fostering to take the first steps and attend one of the three events Havering Council is hosting,

“My colleague was a foster carer and said he thought I’d be good at it,” said the 41-year-old former finance worker. “I already supported a little boy in Gambia and had always wanted to adopt, so I think that caring streak was always there.

“I went home and discussed it with my husband, and while he wasn’t sure about adoption, he was completely okay with fostering.”

That was five years ago and now Donna and husband Jason, 40, are parents to not only their own two children, a son aged 17 and daughter aged nine, but foster carers to a brother and sister aged 11 and nine.

They started out as short-term carers before the siblings joined their family.

Donna added: “They still see their parents regularly; I think it’s important to keep those links.”

The children are now “part of the family,” according to Donna.

“I think I found my calling with fostering,” she said. “Anyone who’s thinking about fostering should go along to an event. It’s the most rewarding thing you can do to see a child prosper and know you played a role in that.”

The first event is on Friday at Romford Market between 10am-2pm, the second is next Friday at the same time and place.

A town hall event will also be held on May 27 at 6.30pm.

Anyone who would like to find out more about fostering should visit havering.gov.uk/fostering, call 01708 434 574, or email fostering@havering.gov.uk.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

The westbound A13 is closed at the junction with Ferry Lane [Photograph from Google StreetView]

The A13 was closed near Ferry Lane yesterday as police discovered a dead body in a car.

myplace, Harold Hill, in April 2012, the last time the show came to Havering

Immigration, Facebook and class war were hotly debated in an episode of the BBC’s flagship debating programme from Harold Hill last night.

Aaron Kumar was bullied when he was growing up but has now written a book about his experiences

Looking back on his school days with a glimmer of sadness, a freelance writer is determined to help children stop bullying by passing on his experiences.

07:00
Snaresbrook Crown Court (Picture: John Stillwell/PA)

A Rainham woman has admitted shaking a baby so violently she left him with brain damage, jurors were told yesterday.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Word for word, has anyone ever read one of those website T&Cs documents? Politicians presume not.

The 38-year-old triggered a manhunt after two bodies were found at an address in Surrey.

The mayor is meant to be convincing Singapore to invest in London – but he clearly has a bigger plan.

Dave’s on the immigration back foot. So does his crackdown on migrant benefits ring true?