Awards event celebrates Hounslow’s foster carers

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

Published: Friday, 7th December 2018

(from left to right) Jacqui McShannon, Director of Children's Safeguarding and Specialist Services, Mayor Samia Chaudhary, Mr and Mrs Morris, Hounslow Foster Carers, Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services.

Foster carers were honoured in recognition for their work at the annual foster carers awards ceremony which took place at the Clayton Hotel, Chiswick, on Friday [30 November].

There were 130 foster carers in attendance to see fellow carers presented with awards to mark their outstanding long service, with an evening of music by bands Fingers in Jam and Metronomes Steel Orchestra.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Alan Adams, Interim Chief Executive and Jacqui McShannon, Director of Children's Safeguarding and Specialist Services and the councils Fostering Team.

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

10 years loyal service awards were presented to nine foster carers and couples who have an amazing ninety years’ service between them.

An award and cheque was also presented to Mr and Mrs Morris for an outstanding thirty five years of service to Hounslow Fostering Service

In the Long Service Awards, the recipients were:

10-year award

Farhat and Farrah Rasul
Eithne Bhui
Kim and Pete Doherty
Elizabeth Moriarty
Kanagaratnam and Chitra Pari
Moreen Standard
Marie Shanahan
Samantha Mant
Shirley Chapple


35-year award

Mr and Mrs Morris

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Hounslow Council, said: “Each year we hear about the truly wonderful dedication that our foster carers show to the children in our care.

“They provide a safe, secure and stable home and – just as importantly - care and affection, for however long these children and young people are with them.

“It’s fantastic 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 108 foster carers, who receive 24 hours support, regular training, and an allowance of up to £616.28 per fortnight per child.

The council’s fostering team is holding an information session on Tuesday 15 January 2019 from 6-7.30pm for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer.

For more information, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/fostering  or call a member of our friendly team on 0800 731 8558.

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