Foster carers meet and greet at council event

From left, Trina Ingham, her daughter Alison Ingham, with Patricia Kelly-Blyth. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150601-2248)
From left, Trina Ingham, her daughter Alison Ingham, with Patricia Kelly-Blyth. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150601-2248)
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EXPERIENCED foster carers Trina Ingham and Patricia Kelly Blyth have been sharing their stories to encourage more people to get into fostering.

The pair, from Gosport, were in Fareham Shopping Centre to answer questions potential foster carers might have.

The initiative was set up by Hampshire County Council as Monday marked the start of National Foster Care Fortnight.

Trina has been fostering mainly teenagers for eight years.

She said: ‘I have been a foster carer for eight or nine years now. I have two long term foster children and one short term foster child. I have six girls altogether and absolutely love it.’

Patricia has been fostering for twenty years and has two teenage children and an 11 year-old.

‘I foster mainly special needs children and we love it,’ she said.

‘If you’ve got a bed come forward and foster. It’s really nice to watch the children grow and thrive and be able to laugh again, to trust the adults. It’s really good.’

Gemma Court, from the council, said: ‘We welcome applications from anyone over the age of 21 with either professional or personal childcare experience, and a spare room.

‘It doesn’t matter if you are single, a couple, straight, gay or lesbian, living in your own home or in rented accommodation. All foster carers receive professional training and can access regular on-going support.’