Jason stayed in residential care for about 3 months. He was quiet and as a seven-year-old was unable to hold a cup or write his name. Jason went to several foster families before finding a MercyCare Foster Family.
"It's hard to explain what it's like in foster care. Living with a different family in itself is strange, but when you first leave your family it's very painful. I went through a lot of days crying because I didn't have my family, and no matter how much a foster parent may say ‘talk to me if you any problems’, it's not easy to open up to someone you hardly know. You don't know anyone and you don't know if you are going to fit in with the family. I went to a few foster homes, either they were only emergency foster homes, or because I didn't get on with the people I was staying with.
“After moving from residential care to other foster homes, I found a family I got on well with. It was really good and I still had contact with my real family. I wanted to go home, but I didn't want to leave this new home and family I'd found. I felt torn between my old family and my new family. But I guess no matter what happens you always want to be with your real family.
Well anyway, I eventually got home and though it was hard at first, we all sorted our problems, and we all know where we stand."