Recognition for Three Decades of Fostering

Archived: Posted March 11, 2014

Foster Carer Susan Receives AwardA dedicated foster carer from Doncaster has been given a special award in recognition of her life-changing three decades of fostering.

Susan and her husband James, who were some of FCA’s first carers in the Yorkshire region when they joined the agency 18 years ago, were presented with the award at a special conference.

Susan, from Moorends, became a foster carer at the relatively young age of 23. She says: “I was inspired to become a foster carer to help vulnerable children who hadn’t had the benefit of the happy and stable home environment they all deserve.

“I decided to join FCA as two women I had previously worked closely with in fostering had left to set up FCA’s Yorkshire office and I had a great deal of respect for them, so I got on board as soon as I heard about it.

“Fostering has its challenges but what keeps me going is seeing the positive difference you are making to a child’s life – what can be more rewarding than that?”

Having cared for hundreds of vulnerable children on both a long-term and short-term basis, Susan finds it hard to put a number on just how many young people have passed through her doors over the years.

“It must be in the hundreds,” she says. “I am still in regular contact with a lot of the children I have fostered – many of them are now in their thirties and have their own children. I am always there for them and it is great to see them doing well for themselves.”

Susan, who has two adult children of her own, is quick to recommend fostering as a worthwhile and rewarding career. “I would recommend fostering to anybody really,” she says. “If you’ve got the time, the patience and the ability to listen to children, fostering is great.”

Fred Lillie, FCA registered manager for the Yorks and Lincs region, presented Susan with her award and paid tribute to the couple for their fantastic service. “We have loved having Susan and James as part of the FCA family for such a long time,” he says, “and their dedication and commitment to fostering is unflinching.

“We were delighted to be able to honour them in some small way during what is a special year for FCA and hope they act as inspiration for others to come forward and help make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.”

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