Hounslow foster carers awarded

Hounslow Council foster carers have been recognised for their commitment they show to Hounslow’s children in care.

Published: Tuesday, 29th November 2016

Hounslow Council foster carers have been recognised for their commitment they show to Hounslow’s children in care.

Foster carers from across the borough were honoured in recognition for their work supporting the boroughs looked-after children at the annual Foster Carers Award ceremony which took place at the Lampton Park Conference Centre, next to the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, on Friday [25 November].

The event was attended by around 151 of the borough’s foster carers, staff from the fostering team, together with 
Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, the director of Children’s Services and ward councillors.

The awards ceremony, now in its eighteenth year, recognises carers’ long service and outstanding commitment to looking after local children and young people.

Awards were presented to:

  • Marc and Sharon Foord – 10 years loyal service
  • Razzak and Tayyaba Butt – 15 years loyal service
  • Satish and Anju Mehta – 15 years loyal service
  • Carole Williams – 15 years loyal service

A delighted Marc said of the couple’s award for 10 years loyal service: “When we started fostering 10 years ago and had a tiny baby placed with us within a week of being approved, who would have thought what the next 10 years would bring?

“There has been a lot of joy and happiness welcoming children into our homes and helping them to the best of our family’s ability. In all honesty too, some very hard and heart breaking moments when we’ve had to say goodbye to children who had become absolutely no different to our own birth children.

“We eventually adopted two of the children we fostered and we are in the latter stages of doing the same with our current two girls, at which point our journey with fostering will sadly have to come to an end.”

“We can honestly say it has been an absolute pleasure to meet so many wonderful fellow foster carers over the years and to have worked with the support and friendliness of the fostering team at Hounslow. We wish everyone all the best for the future. Keep up the amazing work you all do!”

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services, Hounslow Council, said: “The dedication that our foster carers show to the children in our care is tremendous.
“They provide a safe, secure and stable home and - perhaps more importantly - care and affection, for however long the young people are with them.”

“It’s wonderful to see so many carers who have been fostering for so long, which goes to show how rewarding being a foster carer can be.”

Hounslow currently has a total of 188 foster carers, who receive 24- hours a day support, regular training, and an allowance of up to £868.60 per fortnight per child.

The council’s fostering team is holding an information session on Monday 16 January at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN, from 6.30pm-8pm, for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer.

For more information, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 731 8558.