Foster carers named in New Year’s Honours offer inspiration to new carers

Archived: Posted January 7, 2015

We are proud to announce that two of our foster carers from the North East have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Children and Families.

Ian and Linda Greener from Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, have both been awarded MBE’s for their 20 years dedication to fostering over which time they’ve fostered more than 100 young people, a fantastic achievement I think you’ll agree.

Both Ian and Linda were nominated by two of the young people they have fostered throughout the years.

Mick Austin, operations director at FCA said: “We are immensely proud of the fantastic work done by our foster carers, and to see Ian and Linda’s dedication to the children and young people they have looked after recognised in this way is wonderful. Foster carers are often the unsung heroes of children’s services, but the work they do can make a profound and positive difference to the lives of children in their care. We hope that this prestigious honour will help to inspire potential future carers to consider this rewarding and life-changing career.”

Commenting on her experience as a foster carer, Linda Greener MBE said: “I have the best job in the world and this recognition is just the icing on the cake for myself and Ian.  We’ve had the opportunity to make positive differences to dozens of young people in our care by providing opportunities and encouragement to give them confidence and grow.

“And, thanks to Foster Care Associates we’ve been provided with all the support and training needed to be able to meet the needs of all our looked after children and young people, whatever their situation.”

From the very beginning FCA provides ongoing support to all of its carers, throughout the UK, and is dedicated to providing all the advice they need to make a positive impact on the children they look after.

For the Greener’s fostering is a family passion with their own grown up birth children actively involved including their daughter, a qualified social worker who also works in foster care.

According to a recent report from the Department of Education there are more than 4,250 children in local authority care In the North East.  We’re keen to hear from potential foster families who are keen to make a difference and provide a safe and stable home to young people in the region in 2015.

Anyone interested in fostering is invited to come along to one of our information events.  To discover upcoming events in the North East, please visit www.thefca.co.uk/our-events.

 Linda and Ian Greener

 

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