Foster carers Wendy and Bill say opening up their home to a teenage boy has brought their family closer together.
Their house is full of love and laughter as they enjoy the rewards of caring for a 15-year-old foster child alongside their own three children.
The couple - who are among about 100 foster carers across South Gloucestershire – say their placement has had the added benefit of encouraging them to spend more quality time together.
The council is now looking to recruit more foster carers to help children who have had a difficult start in life, especially teenagers, siblings and those with additional needs. Anyone who is interested can find out more at a Fostering Information Evening on Tuesday 12 January 2016.
Wendy said: "People think we’re mad fostering as we have three children at home, but we wouldn’t have it any other way."
"It’s been an amazing experience, we’ve been so lucky, everything’s gone to plan."
"Fostering has improved the dynamics of the house. It’s brought us closer together, we all work together to promote positive parenting."
Wendy and Bill attended a Fostering Information Evening in 2013 and immediately started the assessment process, which gave them a realistic picture of what was involved.
The couple were gradually introduced to a 15-year-old boy in care and he was placed with them about a year ago.
Wendy said: "People think foster children are naughty and badly behaved which just isn’t true."
"He’s a lovely chap and has been a pleasure to have around. He lays the table, helps with the washing up and has typical sibling relationships with the others."
Wendy says it has been rewarding to see the boy growing up and improving – he is doing well in school and now has the confidence to ask questions and sing in the shower!
Wendy said: "He will text me to say he’s happy. Then the other day he stopped doing his maths homework to give me my first hug."
"It’s those little moments that make it so worthwhile. Fostering is so rewarding."
The match has been so successful and Wendy and Bill are hoping to add a second foster placement to their family.
Interested in fostering? Come along to the Fostering Information Evening at South Gloucestershire Council, Badminton Road, Yate, on Tuesday 12 January from 7pm to 9pm.
For more information call 0800 206 1443