Laura saysÉ

Woman & Home - - In Our Experience -

if i hadn’t been placed with Bev, i hon­estly don’t know where i’d be as i was on a down­ward spi­ral. Peo­ple might think that fos­ter kids need more bound­aries or to be show­ered with gifts to make up for ne­glect, but in fact you just want nor­mal­ity. Bev treated me as a fam­ily mem­ber from the start. she has one main rule – no lies – which helped us build trust. she al­ways said, “you’re a lovely per­son, all these bad ex­pe­ri­ences will count for some­thing.” no one had shown me that level of sup­port. when the Prince’s trust op­por­tu­nity came up, Bev en­cour­aged me to men­tor oth­ers. i think of Bev as my mum as she’s done ev­ery­thing in the job de­scrip­tion bar give birth to me. she was amaz­ing when i was preg­nant and my daugh­ter calls her “nana”. i know Bev al­ways has my back.

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