“A foster carer doesn’t need to have an endless list of qualifications. What they really need is the experience of working with children and young people in a caring environment” says Wembley resident, Julie Long, who has been fostering in Brent with her husband, Kevin Long, since 2015.
Julie knows this very well, as she manages her fostering role, along with her part time job as a Centre Manager for an organisation which supports young people.
“As a manager, my responsibilities lean more towards general maintenance of the unit - making sure we have everything we need and keeping things in good repair for the people who use our services. I have a lot of contact with young people and this has really helped me in my fostering task.”
It’s not just a one way street. Julie believes fostering has helped her better understand her current role.