Foster carers from across Plymouth have been praised for their invaluable service to children and young people at a special celebration ceremony.
The Celebration in Excellence event, which was held at Devonport Guildhall, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers.
The Council paid tribute to the contribution all carers make towards the lives of children in care and also recognised the support of the families and birth children in fostering.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “We’re incredibly proud of our foster carers and these awards are the least we can do to thank all of these special people who have given their time to support some of our most vulnerable children and young people. I’m especially proud of all our foster cares which is why events like these are so important to take the time to celebrate them and thank them for all their hard work.”
Awards were presented by the Lord Mayor Councillor Sam Davey under the following categories to the foster carers.
- Working with birth families
- Bridging to adoption
- Best buddy
- Commitment to children’s education
- Caring for children with disabilities
- Contribution to life story work
- Long service award
- New foster carers
- Outstanding contribution
- Permanency carers
- Respite/short breaks
- Commitment to training, learning and development
Two sets of Foster carers who were retiring after 40 years of Service were given special recognition for their dedication and commitment to the service.
There are currently 418 children and young people in care and there is an on-going campaign to recruit more foster carers.
When a child cannot be cared for within their family, the Council’s first priority is for them to be looked after by a local authority foster carer, as they live in the area near to a child’s family and friends so it is less disruptive for a child.
Fostering is a way to make a real positive difference to a child’s life, providing children and young people with a stable and loving home and the support and encouragement they need to flourish and do well. Fostering for Plymouth City Council also offers full training, support and the opportunity to learn new skills.
Andrea Powell, Service Manager for Permanency said: “We are always in need of more foster carers to help provide this valuable and essential service, whether it is for long-term placements or weekend breaks, so we would urge anyone interested in fostering to come forward.”
For more details on how to become a foster carer contact Plymouth City Council’s Fostering Recruitment Team on 01752 308762 or visit www.fosterforplymouth.co.uk.