My name is Katie and I am 16 years old. I have been in foster care since I was eight. I live with my foster carers and their own children, who are like a brother and sister to me. I love my foster family because they helped me to be healthy. They moved me to a lovely, better school and I have proven that I am clever and good at school work. I feel proud of myself now and I have lots of friends. I like to go to the cinema with my friends. My foster carers are friendly, kind, nice, reliable and responsible. They don’t shout or hit. They do not make fun of people and never say anything bad about my family or why I cannot be at home. They have helped me a lot. In the East Midlands there is a shortage of 500 foster families. My foster carers changed my life, and this Foster Care Fortnight (12-25 May) I would like to ask your readers to consider opening up their homes to help children and young people like me. To find out more about fostering with Action for Children please visit actionforchildren.org.uk.
Katie , aged 16
(Name changed to protect the teenager’s identity)