Foster carers are being recognised for their long term commitment and service to children and young people in Peterborough at the Foster Carer Awards on Saturday (9 March 2013) at Peterborough Town Hall from 2pm to 5pm
The awards have been running for 20 years and are a way for Peterborough City Council to pay tribute to the fantastic work that foster carers offer our children in care and provide the opportunity to recognise the longevity of foster carers.
The category for length of fostering service will see ten carers who have been looking after children and young people for anything between five and 25 years receive an award. Other specialist categories are as follows:
• Services Beyond Fostering – for a foster carer who always does more than is expected and has helped to make fostering in Peterborough better.
• Outstanding Commitment – for a foster carer who has shown an exceptional commitment to the children and young people of Peterborough.
• New Carer of the Year – for new carers to Peterborough Fostering who have done something exceptional in the short time they have been foster carers.
• Foster Carer Award – for anyone that as a foster carer has made a real difference to the life of a Peterborough Foster child
• Family Member of the Year – For anyone that consistently supports the primary carer in their fostering role
The event will be compered by social worker Emma Blades and awards will be presented by Councillor Sheila Scott, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.
Councillor Scott said:
The awards are a fantastic opportunity to say a big thank you to the foster carers for all the hard work and dedication they have shown to all the children they have cared for over the years. I really can’t stress how valuable foster carers are, and how much of a positive impact they have on young people’s lives. Seeing the level of support, commitment and care in our pool of foster carers is really something for Peterborough to be proud of and I am thrilled to be able to pay tribute to all their hard work
The city council’s fostering and adoption team is looking to recruit more foster carers and adoptive parents as part of a drive to find homes for children in care.
The city council is looking for people from all walks of life who can be foster carers, link carers or adoptive parents to look after children from varying ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
Foster carers are needed to provide a caring environment to children who are not able to live with their birth families. Carers who can provide regular respite care for children with disabilities and both day care and overnight stays are also being sought.
Adoptive parents are needed to provide permanent homes for children and young people who cannot remain safely in the care of their birth families.
Financial allowances are paid to carers and support is offered to all foster carers by regular visits from a qualified and experienced social worker, as well as a 24-hour help line run by the council’s fostering team.