I decided a long time ago that I was going to spend my life helping as many people as I can. And as I’m sat here now thinking about everything that has happened in my life one of the promises I made to myself when I was around 16 has come to my mind – I want to foster as many children and young adults as I can.

My oldest friend grew up in the foster system and I know she won’t mind me saying, but in her case, the system failed her. I grew up seeing how the hope, joy, and life can be sucked out of person in some of the most important years of their life. Luckily for her she’s found her forever home, but seeing her struggle because she was placed in the care of people who didn’t give a damn about her or her well-being broke my heart. I grew up seeing how putting children in the care of people who really didn’t care, can have such a detrimental impact on those children trying to find somewhere safe to call home and a family to love them. It is because of these people that I want to foster. I want to show as many children as possible that there are people who care, who want them to be happy and safe, and are willing to help them achieve everything that they want from life because there is nothing that can stop them when they’re in a loving and happy environment. I want to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it’s just one person. I want them to know that I’ve got their back, I believe in them, and that it doesn’t matter where you come from or who your family is.

When I decided that I want to foster children I was adamant that I didn’t want children of my own. I’m glad to say that I’ve grown as a person since then and my outlook on life has changed, but this decision hasn’t and won’t change. I’ve made it one of my life goals to try and make a difference and I’ll be damned if I don’t achieve this. I strongly believe that we need to do more to help and support children and young adults in the foster system and we need to start now.