Tom, their long term placement, arrived when he was 16 and stayed with them for over three years. He had been in quite a lot of trouble before arriving in Catherine and David's care.

Catherine says: "On reading the report we thought: do we really want this person in our house? When he arrived he was in an awful state and heavily into cannabis. We decided to give it a go and we were really pleased we did because he turned out to be a really nice lad."

Being away from his usual environment and friends, Tom stopped smoking and spent nearly two years at college gaining an NVQ in carpentry. 
He now works in a care home and is taking his NVQ in nursing care.

Read what Tom had to say about his stay with Catherine and David.

"We are really proud of him as he has turned into a nice, caring and responsible young man. When something like this happens you get a great feeling of satisfaction and achievement from your efforts and that's when you know it is worthwhile."

Catherine and David, foster carers,

They go on to say: "Since then we do study the reports on the young people and found the kids are never as bad as the assessments paint them. We have had short term, medium term and long-term placements. Some have committed crimes and have faced a range of challenges."

"Although it can have challenging moments it is a really worthwhile career."

Catherine and David, foster carers,

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