NUMBER 42 • 11 JUNE 2002 • TEN YEARS IN CARE
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I have spent ten years of my life in care, some of these have been the happiest days that I can remember and now I feel that I have two families. Being able to keep in regular contact with my brothers, sisters and my mother has made a huge difference in my life. Access arrangements, I know are hard to organise, but this is one of the most important issues in creating a successful foster placement, and social workers and foster carers should realise the misery and grief that separated children feel. I wish that we could all have been kept together but I know that this was not possible. The next best thing is to know that my family was being looked after properly and that I could see them regularly as well as phoning and writing to them.
In writing my story of living in foster care I hope that other people, social workers, foster parents, birth parents and brothers and sisters will read a part of the story which might help to explain an experience which you might have had too.
I have been lucky and I believe that the last eight years were not taken from me but given to me.
— CHRISTINE DEADY
Deady, C. (2002) My Story. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies – Special Edition: A celebration of Foster Care. Vol.3 (1), p.187