Sometimes it helps to hear first-hand accounts from people who have made the journey ahead of you:
"Fostering was always something I wanted to do, after our own children left home we decided to go for it."
"I became a foster carer over 10 years ago now, and haven't looked back since. I was originally a baker at Morrisons and thought, hang on, I can't be getting up at 4am for the rest of my life, what else do I want to do?"
"My husband and I have been fostering for about five years now. We're registered to foster children of all ages but we usually take children under two and only one child at a time."
"I'm not saying it's all been easy, it hasn't, but the good days make the hard ones worthwhile."
"It breaks my heart to think that there are so many children out there without the loving and secure home that they deserve. It's the most rewarding job I've ever had."