The 14th February 2024 marks a remarkable milestone for two Foster Carers. Edwina and Ian started their Fostering Journey 50 years ago. We are delighted that they have chosen to Foster with Care Visions for 17 of those invaluable years.

During this time, the couple’s efforts have been recognised and won a national award for Carer’s of the Year, as well as a local award for their dedication to the children in their care. Their journey started in England but moved up to Scotland where they continue to support children and young people in a safe and loving environment. 

We spoke with some of staff who have worked with Edwina and Ian over the years with us and we are pleased to share a little bit form the pleasure they have had with supporting them in their journey... 

Ian and Edwina are very child focused and have a particular talent for getting the most out of children. The children in their care experience a nurturing, inclusive environment where they are recognised for their potential and encouraged to expand themselves.

They are very adept at recognising the potential of children and supporting them. Their daughter has Down’s Syndrome and Edwina can recall obstacles to overcome in getting people to recognise her abilities and allow her to progress best with things like reading. Their son is a world class wheelchair athlete and it was Ian who was responsible for his coaching, as at the time there was no other support available.

A young person they care for experienced early years trauma having nightmares not sleeping. To enable the child to take control of her thoughts and feeling, Edwina had started 'the child’s story'. A story that incorporates the child’s story prior to coming to live with them and keeps getting added to. This story allows the child to listen to positives in their lives reassuring them that things are changing in a positive way building up their emotional resilience and self-esteem.

Thank you Edwina and Ian for all that you have done over the last 50 years!