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Celebrating 130years of Foster Caring

Bedfordshire Celebrates 130 years of Foster Caring

The importance of Foster Carers’ work in Bedfordshire was celebrated on Friday (14 May 2010) at the annual Bedfordshire Foster Care Awards.

 

On the night, 14 foster carers were honoured and between them celebrated 130 years of fostering by receiving long service awards of five, 10, 15 or 20 years.

 

In those 130 years service over 150 boys and girls have been fostered. That’s over 150 boys and girls who would not have got a second chance had it not been for the incredible foster carers across Bedfordshire.

 

Speaking after the event, Cllr Anita Lewis, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services at Central Bedfordshire Council said: “I was very humbled to meet all the Foster Carers from across Bedfordshire who have done so much for children in this area. I want to personally thank every Foster Carer for all they do, you are all truly incredible".

 

Also at the event was Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Bedford Borough Council. He added: “What a heart-warming awards ceremony, to see so many happy and well- balanced children present on the night is further testament to the fostering stories we heard. It was evident that these foster carers had played, and continue to play, a vital role in giving looked-after children the best possible start in life.”

 

The awards marked the start of Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 17 to Sunday 30 May) which is a national event designed to highlight the need for Foster Carers and the valuable work they do.

 

In Bedfordshire we are always on the look out for a diverse group of people willing to help give children a second chance in a family. Fostering is not an exclusive club only open to certain groups of people -  anyone, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, relationship status and those with children of their own can apply.

 

Naturally many potential foster carers might be worried about what is involved but all receive full training and are supported by Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Councils’ Fostering Team every step of the way.

 

Finding out about fostering couldn’t be easier by calling the Councils’ Free phone number: 0800 218 2002.

 

There is no obligation to start the process toward fostering, but by just talking to the team about how you may be able to help a child means you have taken the first step to doing something incredible.

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