How birth children experience fostering
Family is important when it comes to fostering children. Jo Gumm has fostered eight children in 10 years and she says her birth sons, Frankie and Alfie, are a big help.
October is Sons and Daughters Month, which highlights the important role birth children play in fostering households.
Jo, who’s lived in Brent all her life, first got into fostering in 2012 when Brent council had a stall at a local school fete. “My eldest son Alfie was seven, and he said, Mum, you should do that. You'd love looking after babies and you're at home."
In the decade since, Jo, her partner, Ian, and their sons have welcomed many vulnerable children into their home.