Sandra finds host family experience ‘humbling’

host familiesWe are looking to recruit host families who can help young people arriving in Scotland from a range of countries across the Middle East and North Africa as well as Vietnam. Separated from their families, the young people have experienced much hardship. Many have been living in war zones or refugee camps,  victims of physical or  sexual assault or trafficking.  They now need a safe place they can call home to help them settle in to a new country.

Last year Sandra and her family took in a 16-year-old  Vietnamese boy who had been trafficked.  In this blog Sandra talks about how he has now ‘blossomed’ into an incredible young man who has very much become part of their family.

Sandra has shared her experience of being a host family to encourage other people to do likewise…

We are a host family that mostly offer respite rather than full time care. We were matched with a 16-year-old Vietnamese boy in March 2019 who was trafficked for 2 years before being cared for in Edinburgh. He was initially quite wary and uncertain but has blossomed into an incredible young man who has very much become part of our family. In the beginning he had very little English and so we had to be creative in the ways we communicated – google translate helped a lot! We got great support from the Social Work team and got duo lingual books which our boy really loved. We ourselves have grown in our appreciation and understanding of what is happening in other countries and other families across the world beyond Scotland. 

“I would encourage anyone in Edinburgh to get involved with this opportunity.”

“We were initially a bit worried about how this would all work out as we both work; and whether we would have the capacity and the skills to manage a trafficked young person but we learned slowly and so did he and we treated him like we would treat our own children. We have been humbled by the respect, joy and fun that he has brought to our family home. Our own children have learned so much and have gained their own insights into how lucky we are to have our home and our family and friends around us. I would encourage anyone in Edinburgh to get involved with this opportunity.”

*names have been changed

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