The event welcomed carers who have been fostering for 25 years or more and in the process have collectively supported more than 400 children.
Amongst the attendees were a couple from Lancaster who have fostered for 40 years and looked after 101 children, and another couple from West Lancashire who have been fostering for 29 years and looked after 125 young people! Susie Charles, Lancashire’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools said;
“All of our foster carers work tirelessly to improve the lives of looked-after children…this lunch is a very small token of our appreciation marking the length of time that some of our foster carers have carried out this incredibly important role”
Family Care would like to add that it’s great to see the endeavours of foster carers recognised in this way. Given the huge surge in numbers of children in care and the need for more fostering households, it’s important not to overlook the efforts of current carers who already open their homes to vulnerable children and young people.
Hosting the lunch for these tireless foster carers was Skelmersdale Central Councillor, county council chairman Terry Aldridge;
“Fostering is such a tremendous thing to do as it gives children the opportunity for the childhood they deserve, a childhood that otherwise they may not have had”
The efforts to recognise existing foster carers are being backed up by an information event in Preston to encourage more people to consider fostering. The event will be held on Wednesday 21st February at Preston County Hall from 6pm to 7pm.
Whilst there are differences between fostering for a local authority or fostering for an agency like Family Care, there is a shortage of over 7,000 foster carers across the UK – so we’d encourage anyone interested to simply get in touch and see if you can #givesomethingback.
Matt Holmes – Referrals and Recruitment Coordiantor at Family Care Group
0800 5 677 677