The IMO Podcast is a series of open and honest conversations with care leavers, shining a light on their experiences. Each episode we invite someone who’s been in care to talk about anything they like. It’s an opportunity to hear the voices of people who often don’t get the chance to tell their stories, and it’s a chance to inspire and encourage others in similar situations.
In the third episode, we met Nathaniel and Victoria through an organisation called Siblings Together. Nathaniel and Victoria are not related but they both were separated from their brothers and sisters when being taken into care. They tell us what that separation feels like and give us an insight into contact arrangements.
“[Sibling contact is important because] it brings normality back into people’s lives. It means that they can grow together and, when they eventually leave care, they will have those connections there. [I still have difficulties] to this day. A few months ago I was given the wrong contact day. I arrived on the day to be told that it’s not that day, it is in fact tomorrow. It’s embarrassing, it’s frustrating, and it makes you angry and upset.” (Nathaniel)