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From The Perspective Of Young People...
We think it is important young Looked-after-children have a voice, all looked-after-children! Take a moment to explore the words of some looked-after-children; both within our group and from the wider world of fostering. 
We were fostered too!
Most people know some things about their favourite celebrities lives. But what many fans don't know, are the circumstances in which some celebrities grew up. 
Take a look at the list of celebrities that were one looked- after-children. 
Seal has an incredible voice and several Grammy Awards under his belt. He has worked hard for all that he has achieved, and now lives the life of an A-list celebrity. However, Seal was once a Looked-After-Child
Eddie Murphy
Beloved for his comedy and he seems to be one of the happiest people in Hollywood. 
But before he became a household name, Eddie spent some of his childhood as a Looked-After-Child!
Marilyn Monroe
Birth name was Norma Jean Mortenson and she was born to Gladys Baker.
Gladys struggled to raise Monroe on her own, but she was not financially or mentally stable enough to take care of her, and so Monroe was put into a foster home until she was aged 7
Simone Biles
is an American five-time Olympic medalist (four of which are gold), and all this at just 19-years-old! But what many people don't know about her life is that she was actually fostered.
John Lennon
 a member of one of the biggest group's in musical history: The Beatles.
Lennon was born in Liverpool, England, in 1940 (during the World War II), and while his father was away at sea, Lennon's mother, Julia, had to raise him on her own. He was fostered from the age of 5!
Meet Chelsea...
Meet Chelsea, a former Looked-After-Child. Chelsea grew up in foster care from a young age.
Chelsea has kindly agreed to provide us with a valuable insight into the world of fostering; from the perspective of a looked-after-child.
Chelsea's experiences have not only helped us to provide valuable information to those inquiring into the world of fostering but her personal experiences of foster care has also been beneficial to our very own fostering panel. Chelsea's assistance at panel has provided us with a new and unique viewpoint; presenting the company with unparalleled knowledge and expertise to ensure our children and young people's needs are taken into account at every opportunity within the fostering assessment process and onward.

Chelsea's story shines a light on the ability of all looked-after-children and how, with the right support, they can help build a better tomorrow for all looked-after-children and young people.

Here is her story...
Could you provide a little background on yourself?
No problem, my name is Chelsea, and I was taken into care at the age of 7 for neglect and abuse. I was in care until the age of 18.
My most positive memory  would have to be some of the carers I was placed with. Looking back on my experience, I can tell the carers just wanted to make a positive impact

Do you still have contact with anyone from your time as a Looked-After-Child?
Yes, I do. My first family, who looked after me. I lived with them for a total of six years; they were by far the best family I ever lived with. To this day I am still in contact with them and visit them up in Norfolk where she moved to.

To me, they are some of the closest family I have. Even now they always remain supportive of me and like and push me to achieve the best I can; in all areas of my life. I would say, that most of my morals and the way I present myself now is down to this beautiful family. I also remain in contact with a lovely lady call Polly, although I am not as close with her she was an excellent carer, and I would always recommend her to anyone.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone thinking of fostering?
The advice I would give is always to show unconditional love. Sometimes, even though the journey may not always be a smooth one, the impact of showing you care can mean the difference between what path the child will take.

How do you think your experience of fostering has positively shaped the person you're today?
I was lucky enough to have experienced some fantastic care. In a way, even though I was looked after by several families, I feel like have taken a little bit from everyone and feel this has and will continue to shape me as a person and a parent.

What advice would you give to a looked after a child that might be reading this interview?
I would advise them to take advantage of the care and support they will receive, and never be too scared to ask for what they want or need.
We want for children what we want for ourselves: to achieve our potential no matter where we come from or which challenges we meet along the way."
- Nick Barnsby, Director
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