03 February 2015

Twenty-five foster carers and family link carers have been recognised for their hard work and commitment by Northamptonshire County Council at its annual fostering and family link awards ceremony.

Northamptonshire foster carers award ceremony

The event, which took place at the Northampton Marriott Hotel on Saturday (January 31st), saw carers awarded certificates, vouchers and flowers to mark five, 10, 15 and 20 years’ service.

For the first time, carers who have completed their first year were also honoured at the ceremony, while Christine Hester, from Brackley, who retired in November after 27 years as a foster carer for Northamptonshire County Council, was given a special award.

Unsung heroes

Cllr Heather Smith, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Our annual awards ceremony is a fantastic occasion and a great opportunity for us to say thank you to our incredible foster and family link carers who do such great work.

“These carers play a vital role in supporting children and young people who are going through a difficult time in their lives and we want them to know that their commitment and dedication does not go unnoticed.

“We also hope that our carers will act as ambassadors and help us to recruit more foster carers by spreading the word about the rewards that come with offering a loving home to a child in need.”

Could you become a carer?

Foster carers offer short or long-term foster care to children and young people who cannot live with their birth family. To become a foster carer, people must:

  • Have space and time in their life to care for a child
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Are physically and mentally fit
  • Have patience, flexibility, time and energy

Family link carers offer respite care for disabled children to give the child’s family a break. This could be for an afternoon or a few days.

Information about becoming a foster or family link carer with Northamptonshire County Council is available at www.fosterme.co.uk.