Lucy and Georgina Spraggan let DIVA eavesdrop on their conversation about being foster carers.
When we heard that singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan and her wife Georgina had become foster carers, we were overjoyed for them. We were also full of questions. What made them want to do it? Has it affected their relationship? And how does it really feel when you get that call? Luckily, they agreed to take time out of their jam-packed schedules to have a heart-to-heart about all things fostering, and they let us share it with you...
LUCY: We saw on the news about Syrian refugees being dropped off around Manchester so we went to this meeting. They told us that 250 children at any time need care. That was what made me want to do it.
GEORGINA: I thought it would be a great thing to help. Fostering is something that’s always been in my life since I was a teenager. I had a friend in foster care and spent a lot of time with her family. It wasn’t a difficult decision for us. It’s more about timing - when you’re in the right position in your life to be able to foster.
LUCY: We’re very lucky to be able to do it. We had loads of questions. We’ve still got questions now and it changes with every child that comes into your house, doesn’t it? What you have to provide for them changes every single time.
GEORGINA: It’s a different scenario with every child, isn’t it? You get so much support with your social workers while you’re going through the application and they’re always on hand if you’ve got any questions.
LUCY: Key factors are: how suitable is your house? How suitable is your relationship? Are you a trustworthy person? They asked our exes and G’s mum what we were like.
GEORGINA: We had to get references from different people.
LUCY: You have to want to do it. Once we decided we were interested, we went to the town hall.
GEORGINA: We went to an induction day to get an overview of what fostering involves.
LUCY: You apply there and they start to do a big essay on your life from birth up until now. They assess you as a person on any challenges you’ve faced and how suitable you are for the role. It’s like a very, very in-depth job interview, which I suppose it is.
GEORGINA: But it’s very supportive. It starts off with the social worker coming round to your house and having a chat with you.
Read the rest of this feature in the September issue of DIVA, available now at divadigital.co.uk.
For more information about fostering, visit thefosteringnetwork.org.uk.
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