Plymouth couple foster 100 children in just eight years
CHALLENGING teenagers and providing a nurturing home are all in a day's work for one Plymouth couple.
Foster parents George and Trish Stanton have been fostering for the past eight years and have looked after 100 youngsters.
The Plympton pair have two children of their own, Nev aged 34, Cheryl aged 30 and three granddaughters Izzy, Emily and Evie.
Mr Stanton aged 59, said: "It's the best job I've ever done, I wouldn't do anything else now.
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"We are very passionate about what we do. We've fostered on a short term basis for a couple of weeks and another for six years. We've had newborns – twins actually– and right up to the age of 18."
Mr Stanton used to work in marine engineering for over 30 years.
Their son Nev joined the Woodford Colts aged 10, a team Mr Stanton has been involved in every since and is now social secretary.
"I used to get seasick in the Navy and I used to be a parent to a lot of youngsters in Woodford Colts as they had their own issues, teenagers really. I just offered support and when it came to fostering I thought 'yes, I can do this'.
"We get job satisfaction, it's good to see the young people grow up and make something of their lives which we think is very positive.
"When a placement leaves us we look forward to our next placement.
The couple have had the support of Nev and Cheryl and also support each other in decision making ensuring the full time carers have a good working relationship.
"Every day is different, it's not just a job to us it's a total way of life really.
"It's not just about the children's health, education and upbringing, it's about teaching them social skills, basically you teach them just about everything," added Mr Stanton.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering with FCA should visit the website www.iwanttofoster.com or call FCA freephone 0800 023 4561.