There are no special or over-the-top requirements to become a foster parent. As long as your 21 or older (though you can be 18 to apply), are financially sound, own your own house with at least one spare bedroom, and have no serious criminal records the rest is down to sweet talking those who are reviewing your application.
I do not want to distract from the fact that there are some amazing people who foster children who have been made homeless or parentless, for whatever reason, but after spending 18 months living next door to 2 foster parents who can only be described as pure scum its plain to see just how easy the system can be abused and more worrying how vulnerable children can be placed with unscrupulous individuals.
Me and my partner moved into what we thought was our new dream home just over 18 months ago, where we enjoyed a good two months without any neighbours on either side due to the lengthy process of buying a new home.
It was practically paradise with peace and quiet every single day.
The first neighbours moved in on the one side, who had a dog and two children. We initially thought, oh, the peace and quiet is about to come to an end, but it turned out they are fantastic neighbours who respect us and those around them.
About a month later, the foster parents arrive. I had preconceived notions that these two individuals would be squeaky clean and highly respectable. After all, you wouldn't expect anything less.They weren't and were more on par with Wayne and Waynetta from Harry Enfield and Chums.
This particular couple are aged between their mid-20s and early 30s and have one biological child of their own. She's a stay-at-home mum who appears to do very little, while he works in the construction industry, Monday to Friday.
Financially, they appear to be doing extremely well, with a brand-new house, two cars, including a £30,000 Range Rover, Sky television and an abundance of children's toys, many of which are scattered over the front and back garden and a selection of caged animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits and birds.
To our knowledge, they've now been fostering a 10-year-old boy for approximately two years, but have added to their portfolio since the house upgrade with other children regularly coming and going.
Because their biological child is only about three years old, it means only foster kids with a squeakyclean reputation can be placed with this particular family for safety reasons.
The foster parents only lived roughly 5 minutes up the road in a terraced two-bedroom affordable housing development. They sold their house for £120,000 and bought a spacious four bedroom detached house next door to us for £300,000.
Despite everybody in the row being so friendly and meeting one another within a couple of days of moving in, we were first introduced to the foster parents due to loud antisocial music at 10:30 PM coming directly from his garage, which had been swiftly turned into a gym.
Due their unfriendly nature and a barrage of different and shady looking people going in and out of the house on a daily basis, we weren't actually aware of what she looked like until around a month later after we had to make yet another complaint about loud music being played from his garage, which is barely 3 feet away from our house.
Despite fostering young kids, they also have two unbelievably aggressive antisocial dogs, one in particular who likes barking at fresh air roughly 15-20 times a day 30 seconds at a time, anywhere from 7 AM to 11 PM.
We have since found out, that their previous neighbours had to endure constant barking from these antisocial dogs on a daily basis, until they finally moved to their new detached house next to us.
We've also learnt that the dogs were once used for the barbaric sport of badger baiting by their previous owners.
Yup, two aggressive and antisocial dogs are in daily contact with foster kids.
Despite subtle hints to full complaints, it appears telling the dogs to shush every they bark is just too much hard work for these particular foster parents.
New houses are low maintenance with compact gardens containing nothing more than a small lawn and a few shrubs. These two however, don't appear to know what a lawn mower looks like, let alone a pair of secateurs.
When it comes to recycling these two foster parents haven't grasp the idea that waste and recyclable material goes inside the boxes and bins, but instead use their driveway, which borders our house as an open landfill site
They do in all fairness eventually put their rubbish in the bin prior to collection day, but because they're too lazy to take their bins and boxes back in on the day they've been emptied it ends up back on the driveway, until one of them finally decides that they can just about walk a hundred feet and collect them.
Despite both of them being "foster parents" they appear to live completely separate lives. She's a stay-at-home "mum" while he he works roughly between the hours of 7 AM and 4 PM, and then spends virtually every evening and weekend, flexing his muscles either down the local gym, or occasionally in his garage, which of course we have to listen to.
When they are at home together, we often hear blunt language to full-blown arguments, either in the garden or on the driveway.
We've never seen them as a couple, chatting to other neighbours. In fact, I think, we are the only ones who have ever gotten more than five minutes of conversation out of them, predominantly for the wrong reasons.
They don't just use blunt and crude language towards each other, but the foster kids they foster are also in the firing line, particularly the 10-year-old boy.
On multiple occasions I've heard her say to the boy "shut the fuck up", or "get off the fucking bed". I've also heard him multiple times shout violently at the child, even if the language was less crude.
Sure, everybody loses their temper from time to time, and being a good parent involves being strict, but shouting and using vile language towards a vulnerable child isn't.
There are parks, reservoirs, sports fields, coastlines and even forests all within a 10 to 30 minute drive from our location. Basically, nice places, where you should be taking children to on a regular basis.
Instead she literally sits on her derriere all day, even through half terms and summer holidays. Things are no different on the weekend when he should be home with the kids, but as mentioned earlier, he's more occupied with the gym and doing disappearing acts.
They do occasionally go out as a family for two or three hours, but it's unbelievably rare.
Even cooking nutritious meals appears to be a bridge too far for this particular couple, instead fast-food deliveries are a daily occurrence.
In the last couple months, they've even got themselves a personal cleaner who cleans the house, two or three times per week.
This is what undoubtably exposes these two slime balls as phonies who abuse the foster system for their own financial gain, rather than offer a normal family life for vulnerable kids.
Neither of the two foster parents are the full shilling, but we now have strong suspicions that the male foster parent may be on drugs and/or has serious mental health issues.
As mentioned earlier, he's a obsessive fitness fanatic, and spends most of his free time searching for that perfect body. When he is at home, he has a severe case of ants is in his pants, where he regularly disappears for 30 to 60 minutes at a time in the car, only to return and repeat the process over again.
He is also extremely arrogant, short tempered and has a sweaty skin appearance. After some research, he definitely displays strong symptoms of anabolic steroid abuse, which is common amongst those with body dysmorphia.
Recently, we were subjected to extreme threats of violence after confronting him for playing loud music from his car late at night, directly under our bedroom window. The police were called, yet we have no idea whether our concerns were passed on to social services.
There are bad eggs littered throughout British society, whether it's those who fake bad backs, claim they have chronic depression or become carers yet do no caring, there's literally millions cheating a system that's intended to help the most vulnerable.
You would hope that the foster care system would be impervious to abuse, but it appears it has an extremely weak front line.
Abuse within the foster care system is nothing new, and they have been some horrific cases from the 70s, 80s and even 90s, where children have been subjected to physical and sexual abuse by lowlife's whose job was to care for them.
I've heard a few tales from family, work colleagues and neighbours who have all known foster parents over the years who have openly boasted that they've been able to have expensive holidays, home improvements and lots of luxuries thanks to fostering.
I've now seen with my own eyes how very true that can be. How people who are woefully inadequate or have severe antisocial and anger issues get approved by social services.
The problem is is that social services make it far too easy for these individuals to get into and stay in the fostering business. Part of the approval process is to get a couple of references from families and friends, but there are always going to be positive, whether true or not.
I see a social worker visit the house next door regularly, but they've never visited me or my partner in 18 months despite being neighbours. Why? Surely, to get a full and accurate picture of the people you've approved, you should having a brief conversation with one or more neighbours at least once every six months. Instead, social services are just giving those they've approved the ability to pull the wool over their eyes.
It's the same thing when I had to call the police due to violent threats. Did the police record my complaint and pass it on to social services? If not, why? If they did, why haven't social services contacted me on my partner for the full story?
We've also found out that the 10-year-old boy they are fostering has a sister who has been permanently adopted, presumably by a normal, loving family. Why hasn't he? Instead he's stuck with two lowlife's who will treat him as a paycheck until he's 18. It makes no sense.
The whole system is so broken and it's no wonder it can be easily abused by those who are looking to line their pockets.