FOSTER carers from Fenland have received long service awards in recognition of their work with Cambridgeshire’s looked after children and young people.
They joined carers from across the county to take part in Cambridgeshire County Council’s Foster Carer Awards Ceremony, held at Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge.
The event is an annual celebration of the local authority’s foster carers and is an opportunity for foster carers, their own children and the children they foster to get together for an evening of fun and entertainment.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr David Brown said: “I cannot overstate the importance of the work foster carers do, or how grateful we are to them. Fostering is a fulfilling, demanding, and skilful role. Our foster carers are highly valued by us, the County Council, but are valued most of all by the children in their care”.
Council Chairman John Powley, who presented the awards, thanked carers for their work to help encourage other members of the public to consider fostering. This is particularly important as Cambridgeshire, like many other areas of the country, needs to recruit more foster carers to provide homes for local children and young people.
Around 150 carers, children and members of staff attended the popular event and a total of 17 families received awards this year, with the longest serving carers celebrating 35 years of fostering.