A same sex couple from Somerset have shared how fostering teenagers has had a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable young people, as well as their own, in the lead up to Taunton Pride this weekend, 

Caroline and Liz have fostered through the Somerset Council for seven years and have provided care for more than 20 children and young people. 

“It just seems to come quite naturally to us," Caroline said.

"We get what teenagers need; when to leave them alone, when to support them. It’s quite unique really, we just seem to get them, and they get us.”

Cllr Tessa Munt, who is Somerset Council’s Lead Member for Children, Families and Education, praised the commitment foster carers like Caroline and Liz, and the importance of supporting teenagers during a critical period in their lives.

“Through no fault of their own, teenagers are often the most difficult young people to find homes for," she said.

"They may have experienced trauma, or have difficulties with trust and attachment due to past experiences, but there are huge benefits to fostering teenagers. Carers like Caroline and Liz have made a real difference to the lives and futures of over 20 young people, providing a stable home and supportive family environment when they need it most.”

“I hope that Caroline and Liz sharing their experiences, may encourage others to consider fostering young people, in particular teenagers.’’

The Fostering In Somerset Team will be attending Taunton Pride on Saturday (September 16) at Vivary Park, providing an opportunity to learn more about t.

There is an urgent need for more foster carers. To foster you need to be aged 21 or over and have a spare room in your home. 

Full training and support are provided.

For more information on fostering, please visit www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk or call 0800 587 9900 to find out more.