Could you foster like Denise?

Denise foster carer

Fostering with Midlothian Council is one of the best decisions Denise Adams has ever made, she says.

Two decades of foster caring

And she should know. Denise, who has been fostering for the best part of 20 years, moved from a private agency to foster with the council in 2018.

Great support at Midlothian

Denise says: “I’d recommend Midlothian to anybody. Everyone’s so supportive. They’ve been fabulous.”

The face of our new campaign

No wonder then the council’s Family Centred Care Team has asked Denise to help launch its latest recruitment campaign.

Always looking for carers

Midlothian Council is always looking for foster carers. The pandemic has affected children in many different ways but their need for a loving, stable home has not changed.

Lots of care options

In Midlothian, we offer a number of care options; each tailored to fit in with the needs of the children, their families and you. Whatever your circumstances, you might be surprised how you can help and offer care to children looking for a home.

I just love it

Denise, who also works in another job part-time, says of fostering. “If it’s right for you, definitely do it. It’s a lot of work and a lot of commitment but I just love it.”

Life changing

In the two decades she has been fostering, she’s seen scores of children arrive at her home frightened, sometimes neglected and always overwhelmed.  

Loved and supported

But after being in the care of Denise and her family, these same children leave, sometimes heading for university or college depending on their age, feeling loved, supported and much more ready to take their place in the world.

Part of the family

Denise says: “We’ve got a song we play in the car about how you can be anything you want to be. I tell them that all the time. Just seeing them doing well and coping makes me so grateful for having them. It makes you proud when they do well. They are part of our family.” 

Do you have a spare room?

If you have a spare room, find out more about the joys and challenges of fostering with Midlothian Council, including the training and financial rewards, which are among the most generous in Scotland.

4 Mar 2021