Exhall Carers Celebrate Long Service Award

Archived: Posted June 19, 2013

Core Assets Fostering - MidlandsLocal foster carers Linda, 59, and Howard, 63, were recently awarded for their 10 years-long commitment to fostering and the difference they’ve made to over 100 children.

The couple, from Exhall, were presented with their award in May, at a celebratory event hosted by Core Assets Fostering.

“We thought about fostering because my sister was a long term foster carer with Core Assets and really enjoyed it,” explained Linda.

“For the last 10 years we’ve provided respite care for vulnerable youngsters, supporting their full time foster carer by giving them a break. By offering respite placements we’ve got to know over 100 children in the last decade. It’s hugely rewarding to see them all flourish into confident young people over time.”

Benefiting from 24 hour support, on-going training, carer forums and the backing of a dedicated social worker, therapist and education officer, carers are fully supported so they are equipped with the skills to foster and make a positive change to a young person’s life.

Offering words of advice to potential foster carers, Linda says: “The prospect of fostering may seem a little daunting at first, but I would advise anyone thinking about it to give it a go, because it is really rewarding. The support is great, from both staff and other foster carers, and there’s plenty of training to help you develop your skills if you haven’t professionally worked with children before.

“The last 10 years have flown by and we’ve really enjoyed looking after so many children, getting to know them and making a difference to their lives. Next year we’ll have seen all of our usual respite placements enter independence, so feel it would be a good time for us to retire from our career as carers and spend more time together and with our grandchild.”

Peter Battram, area manager for Core Assets Fostering in the Midlands, presented the awards and commented on Linda and Howard’s achievement: “Linda and Howard have made a huge difference to so many children. I was so proud to present them with their award to mark their decade long dedication and will be sad to see them retire next year.”

The long service awards were presented as part of Core Assets Fostering’s Foster Care FortnightTM celebrations. The campaign, which runs from May 13 to May 26, is a national initiative looking to raise the profile of fostering and highlight the need to recruit more carers.

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