The hard work of foster carers in Milton Keynes was the focus of a celebration in Oldbrook.
The Foster Carers’ Awards Evening took place at the MK Christian Centre and is organised by MK Council’s fostering team.
Michael Bracey, director of children’s services presented the awards which ranged from accolades for new foster carers up to awards for foster carers who have been fostering children in Milton Keynes for over 20 years.
The awards kicked off the beginning of Fostering Fortnight, which runs from June 1 to 14 and is organised by fostering charity, The Fostering Network.
The campaign supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers. At the moment, there are around 63,000 children living with around 53,000 foster carers in the UK.
Foster carers from a variety of backgrounds and experience are needed to match the individual needs of children and young people in Milton Keynes.
People can foster whether they are:
> Married, in a civil partnership or living together as a heterosexual or same sex couple;
> Single, heterosexual, lesbian or gay;
> A person with a disability, providing you are able to meet a child’s physical and emotional care;
> Unemployed or employed;
> Retired and have the energy and interest in caring for a child.
Nicky Rayner, service director for Children’s Social Care, said: “The Foster Carers’ Awards Evening is a great way to say thank you to all of our foster carers in Milton Keynes for the really good work they do. It is also an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness of the difference a welcoming, loving foster family can make to our most vulnerable children and encourage people who may have thought about fostering to find out more information about becoming a foster carer in Milton Keynes.”
If you would like to find out more about fostering, visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/fostering.