Since Liam came int flour­ishedandwethi

Be­ing fos­tered brought sta­bil­ity and strength to a shy and fright­ened boy. Now, 12 years on, he is get­ting ready for univer­sity, thanks in no small part to Jackie and Ian Hutchi­son

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time he cel­e­brated a mile­stone we felt like burst­ing with pride.”

Liam, now 20, set­tled in so well that he didn’t want to leave – and Jackie and Iain were de­lighted to care for him on a full-time ba­sis.

They say he’s brought so much joy to their fam­ily.

De­spite his tough start in life, Liam is now com­plet­ing an HNC in ac­coun­tancy be­fore head­ing off to univer­sity next year.

Jackie said: “We’ve seen a huge trans­for­ma­tion in him and we are so proud of what he has achieved.

“He’s over­come so much and is de­ter­mined to suc­ceed in life. He says I’m the an­gel who saved him, and that’s lovely to hear.

“Kids like Liam come with bag­gage and it has taken years for him to get rid of it.”

Al­though she loves Liam like her own, Jackie ac­knowl­edges he still has his own par­ents and she isn’t re­plac­ing them.

Liam keeps in touch with some of his sib­lings but re­mains grate­ful for the new start and op­por­tu­ni­ties Jackie and Iain have given him.

Jackie ad­mits she never thought they would be carin foster son for so lon

She said: “I would the world. He wante and he jokes that he home.

“Event­fully he’ll m build his own life bu all very happy.

“Liam is be­comin in­de­pen­dent and th for him to go. He wi ready and he will alw home here.”

Foster par­ents are sup­ply, mean­ing tho

CON­FI­DENCE It didn’t take long to feel at home with the Hutchisons

STRENGTH Iain and Jackie are proud of their foster son Liam. Pic­ture: Phil Dye

CAR­ING Liam with Iain and Jackie’s daugh­ter Gil­lian

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