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Contribution by Heartbroken Gran

I have just visited your site and think it is very interesting and worthwhile. I would like to share with you my experience as a Foster Carers Mother.

My daughter and her partner have been Foster Carers for about 8 years now. They have got 2 long term foster children that have been with them for a number of years and are very happy young people. They have brought me and my partner and my other children so much pleasure.

Two years ago they were approached to Foster a 7 week old baby girl, that was only supposed to have been with them very short term (a few weeks). But after about a year they were approached and asked if they would like to adopt her. We all loved her very much and she was treated as my other grandchildren. But not that long after a member of her birth family came forward, who she did not know and said that they was interested in adopting her. Contact visits was arranged by Social Services for this family member. When it went to court the judge decided that they like to keep the family together and placed my daughters Foster child with the family member. In most cases I would agree. But we were the only family she knew and had become attached to. I am sure her relative will grow to love her, but I did feel as much a Grandmother to her has my other Grandchildren and wonder if she feels that we have all just abandoned her - she will not be able to understand the sudden changes - can this be healthy for a young child? What long term affect could this have on her?

We have got lot's of pictures and memories that can never be taken away. Me and my husband and all the family miss her dearly. I wonder all the time what she is doing and is she happy. But I also wish her good luck with her real family and hope they grow to love her as much as we will do forever.

Thank you for reading my short story

Heartbroken Grandmother - Manchester

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