Voirrey opened up an email from her son – he had forwarded her an advert about fostering, she read it and she knew it was the right thing for her to do.
Voirrey said: “I had thought that fostering would involve a lot of crying, with the children missing their full-time carers but the reality was very different. I looked after one 15-year-old girl for four months and we got on really well, driving along in the car with Justin Beiber blaring out, it was really fun. I had a little boy for a week, who was adorable, and he loved reading books with me.”
Voirrey became a foster carer more than two years ago. She said: “Once I had decided to go ahead and apply to become a foster carer I was relaxed about the application process, I thought, ‘what will be, will be’. It took almost a year for me to get approval but that time gives you an opportunity to take account everything and the preparation really does help you. There was a tremendous amount of support.
“Two children came as an emergency more than a year ago and they are still with me; we all clicked into place together after a couple of weeks. If they left now I don’t know how I would cope with all the quietness. I recently took them to a rounders game and they were playing – they were so happy and in the moment, childhood should be about fun and hearing their laughter makes it worth it.”
The ability to put yourself in a child’s shoes is one of the key skills in fostering says one of the Island’s carers.