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Sadly, disabled children are nine times more likely to spend time in care than non-disabled children.
Robert and Karen have been fostering children for Scope for six years. They recently thought about retirement but then they met Christopher and fell in love with him straight away.
Christopher has a rare genetic condition which means his joints and muscles are under developed. He struggles to walk and is fed by a tube. When he was born, he wasn’t expected to survive. He was never taken home from hospital and spent the first two years of his life there. Robert and Karen knew that the loving home they could provide would make all the difference to him.
“For us, it’s about giving little ones a good start. Often when they come into fostering, they have been a little bit traumatised by their experiences.”
Now Christopher is really thriving in his new home. He’s learning new things every day and loves to read picture books. Robert and Karen’s experience helped them to see that Christopher needed a walking frame, which will help him learn to walk unaided. And Scope is always on hand to offer support, advice and respite breaks when needed.
“We get so much pleasure from being with Christopher. Without us, and the other Scope foster carers, who knows where he’d be?”
Thanks to your support, more children like Christopher can find a loving family.
All names have been changed to protect identities.
Our fostering service specialises in placing disabled children and young people with supportive and enriching foster families.
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