Foster Parents Invited to Buckingham Palace

Foster care couple encourage others to follow in their footsteps

Debbie Bateman and Paul Martin found themselves at Buckingham Palace last week as a thank you for their efforts and have encouraged others toying with fostering to “just go for it”.

The pair have been together for 30 years and currently care for two siblings and another child with complex needs, while also providing indefinite support to a young person with autism.

The sibling group was considered a high-risk fostering case due to the nature of their family circumstances, but the couple were determined to offer them a safe and happy home.

Ms Bateman, 57, said anyone considering fostering needs to have a “stable and happy family” and be prepared to take in children “with problems who often come from very difficult backgrounds”.

But she said a child’s start in live, no matter how difficult, shouldn’t characterise their lives because “there’s enough love to go around”.

The couple have five biological children

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