Some people may struggle with the thought of fostering teenagers but after 19 years as a foster carer, Yvette Short has found that the most challenging children are often the most rewarding to work with.

“Obviously with each child you have there’s something new,” said Yvette, 49. “They all come from different backgrounds and have different reasons for being in care. The children I’ve got at the moment were seeking asylum and when they came they didn’t speak any English, so trying to explain things to them was really difficult.

"After nearly 20 years I’m still enjoying it. You never stop learning as each child is so different."


“But one of them still managed to get some GCSEs and wants to become a doctor. It’s going to be difficult, he’s going to try and become a paramedic first and then go further from there, but he’s willing to work hard.”

Yvette lives in Chingford and chose to sign up to foster with Islington as she found her own local authority didn’t offer the same level of information and training. Since then she has become a big part of the fostering community in the borough and now helps train others for the task.

“I got in to it when my own child was about five and starting school, I wanted to do something where I could be at home and fostering allowed me to do that. A friend of mine said that Islington had a really good information evening. I went along and it was really positive. You go where you feel most wanted I suppose. I would definitely advise anybody who is thinking about fostering to look into it. Go to the groups and find out about it because they do really good information sessions. They’ve got a four-day course that gives you a really good insight into fostering. After you’ve done that I think you know if you’re ready or not.”

“After nearly 20 years I’m still enjoying it. You never stop learning as each child is so different.”