Former Kirklees foster children's stories.
Former foster child, Courtney Hodgson, is just one example of what a stable environment can help to achieve. Courtney was fostered by Kirklees foster carers Andrew and Jane Bottomley when he was 12 years old.
Now 20, the Cleckheaton undergraduate has remained in the family home he was fostered in, whilst he completes his studies at Newcastle University. In his second year studying biology, he hopes to become a secondary school teacher. Courtney says:
“I remember clearly the night I went into foster care. Having arrived at the house in the small hours, I had no idea of what to expect. It was a strange feeling, being in unfamiliar surroundings and in a house full of people I’d never met before. It was a lot to take on board but despite this I settled in immediately largely because I was made to feel welcome and like one of the family right from the start.
“After several months it became increasingly apparent that it wouldn’t be possible for me to return home, which was something I had to come to terms with. But by this point I felt settled enough to be able to get on with my life and focus on the positives, such as my foster family, my school work and my friends.
“Indeed it helped a lot that I was able to stay on at my local school with all my friends, which along with my foster family remained a constant in my life. My foster carers, Jane and Andrew Bottomley have been - and continue to be - brilliant foster parents; from welcoming me into their home that first night, through to supporting me in my studies and into adulthood, they have been with me every step of the way”.