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
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
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.