Foster carers received a well-earned thankyou from Community Foster Care when the charity held its Long Service Carers’ Awards.
More than 30 carers with their partners and children received a gift as a mark of appreciation for their loyalty at a celebratory lunch.
Rebekah Pearson, chief executive of Community Foster Care, based in Staunton, said: “It’s amazing to look at the achievements of our foster carers – their commitment, dedication and care of the children placed with them.
“Our awards day is about celebrating that and saying thankyou for giving so much of themselves to the young people in their care.”
Trustee of the charity John McLaughlin said 2013 had been a challenging year, particularly because of public spending cuts.
He added: “Whether we like it or not, there is less money in the system and foster care services have taken a hit. It’s a much tougher environment. But Community Foster Care has a proud history and we continue to grow.”
“We value the work our carers do. They work tirelessly to achieve good outcomes, always putting the children first so they can perform better when it comes to everything from education to wellbeing and confidence.”
Community Foster Care has been providing professional foster care since 1999. It is a registered charity and not-for-profit company.
Foster carers come from all walks of life and can be single, married or divorced; male or female. They must be aged 25-70.
For more info: www.communityfostercare.co.uk