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Welcome to the Thank You Project.

A collection of thank you messages and personal reflections from people whose lives have been changed by foster care.
Explore their stories

The Thank You project

The idea for the Thank You Project was born out of a series of conversations we had with foster carers in which we asked them to share their most rewarding experiences. Amazingly, almost everyone recounted a variation of the same story. Years after a child had left their care, there would be a moment – a text, a chance meeting on the street, a tag on social media – in which they learned what a positive, life-changing impact they’d had on that young person’s life.

More often than not, this realisation was met with complete surprise – because most people who choose to foster don’t do it expecting thanks or acknowledgment. They do it because they feel compelled to help. The discovery that they really did make a difference (even if at the time it didn’t feel like it) was deeply moving for them.

It made us realise that, as a society, we could all do more to recognise the efforts of people involved in the foster care community. Carers, their families and friends, support workers, foster children and their own biological families… there are so many people who impact each others’ lives daily in a profound and positive way, and yet we’re not talking about it.

The Thank You Project is a place to share and celebrate these stories and struggles. It’s a platform for people to show their support and appreciation for the foster care community and for each other. We hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do.


A message from our former CEO

The Thank You Project is very close to the heart of Fritha Radyk, foster carer and Mercy Community former CEO.