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Over the past 28 years Debbie Douglas, 57, and Dave Bright have fostered children.
And the TOWIE star confesses she adores the chaos of life as a carer, while also juggling her own four children, yet admits the devastation of giving up babies she has looked after since they were just days old.
MailOnline - Polo - Manor - Event - Wales
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at the Polo At The Manor event at Wales' Celtic Manor Resort earlier this month, the reality favourite candidly discussed her life as a foster parent and the highs and lows of the tough yet rewarding job.
Debbie burst on to TV screens nearly eight years ago in a supporting role on The Only Way Is Essex in support of her reality star daughter Lydia, before garnering huge praise from fans as one of the loving mums of the show.
Screens - Debbie - Passion - Work - Difficulties
While she has kept her fostering off screens, Debbie has always spoken with passion about the work yet admits there are difficulties with the job.
She told MailOnline: 'The hardest thing is when you have to give up babies, when you take a baby from a week old, a year or 18 months have to move on, that’s heartbreaking. You have to remember you are just part of their journey...
Behaviours - Behaviours - Child
'Some of the behaviours are so difficult to deal with. It’s much harder to unlearn behaviours than to learn them. If you don’t get a child until they’re 10, sometimes you can break through but sometimes you can’t...
'You know that child is going to have a difficult life, but they have to go through that journey to become that person they’ll become in later life'.
Children - Lydia - Georgia - Freddie - Romana
She has always praised her own children, Lydia, 27, Georgia, 28, Freddie, 19, and Romana, 14, for the positive effect they have had on their foster siblings.
She continued: 'I’m 57...
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