Lee and Deborah's story

Deborah, 32, and her husband Lee, 36, were approved as foster carers in 2012. They have four children: Connor, 13; Jordan, 11 and 6 year old twins Reece and Rhianan.

The Paga family really are keen rugby fans, they're season ticket holders with the Huddersfield Giants, Lee coaches rugby at Moldgreen ALFC, Deborah helps out with the club, all three boys play and Rhianan is a cheerleader for the Giants.

Deborah says: "We first talked about fostering when Connor and Jordan were both at school full time, but when I became pregnant with the twins we thought that would be the end to our hopes of fostering. Then, last year, we went along to a Huddersfield Giants match where foster carers were handing information out - they asked us if we'd ever considered fostering, to which I said, we didn't think we could foster as we already had four children of our own. We were surprised when they told us that there are no hard and fast rules, as long as we have the room in our home to care for another child we should give it a go.

"We thought about it for a little while and decided to go for it. We ran through some early questions over the phone and the following week a social worker visited us at home to talk to us. To our delight, despite us having four children, and renting our home we were encouraged to apply.

"Lee and I talked about it with the children and we all agreed that we wanted to become a foster family. We went on training in March this year and were approved at panel in June.

"Because we both smoked at the time, we couldn't foster children under five, so we were approved to care for children between the ages of five and 10. We were told that we can change this to care for younger children too as soon as we've stopped smoking for 12 months.

"Just a few days after being approved at panel, our social worker rang asking us to look after a nine-year-old little girl. We were all excited, anxious and worried, but as soon as she was with us we knew she would fit in perfectly with our family. She got on brilliantly with our children and despite only being with us briefly, we really missed her when she left us to return to her birth family.

"You're not on your own when you foster, we've been to foster carers support network meetings and our eldest children have even been to birth children's groups. These are great for us as we get to talk to other people that are in the same position and we can share experiences and ideas. I've booked to go on some training courses this autumn so that'll help us develop and grow as foster carers.

"If you've ever thought about fostering, I'd say, don't rule yourself out; get in touch with the fostering team a give it a go. We love it.”