Amen. Foster Dad Encourages More Men to Follow in his Footsteps

Last year Phil Weston, 49, left his job of 15 years in debt recovery and decided to become a full time foster carer.

Foster carers get paid by Kirklees Council to look after children who have been forced to leave their parents’ home.

Some can come for just a few nights while others can stay for months or even years.

Ahead of a foster caring information event at the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday, Phil is urging more men to follow in his footsteps.

Phil’s decision to swap debt recovery for childcare came after years of being told by friends and family that he was a natural with children.

Now after a fun first year in the job he says he wished he’d made the change sooner.

He says he was held back by fears he would be turned down as he thought only women became foster carers…

“Foster caring is about so much more than looking after children.

“There’s so much scope to develop, whether it’s doing training courses to top up your skills, training other foster carers or sitting in on approval panels; no matter how long you’ve been doing it, fostering is a continual learning curve.

“If I could say one thing to anyone thinking of fostering it’s to please look into it…

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