Big thank you to all our foster carers

Release Date: 09 May 2017

Over 80 fostering households across Richmond and Kingston will receive a special ‘shout out’ this week, as part of a dedicated fortnight celebrating their vital role in the boroughs.

​Foster Care Fortnightis the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign. It aims to showcase the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also highlights the ne​ed for more foster carers.

There are around 74 children and young people across the boroughs who are looked after at any one time. Many of them placed in local foster homes.

Achieving for Children, who provides children’s services on behalf of Richmond and Kingston councils, has sent a ‘thank you’ card to all those who have welcomed a young person into their home.

People who foster genuinely care about children and young people and want to do something practical which will really make a difference. Providing a home and giving support to a child who needs help is rewarding and satisfying.

Robert Henderson, Deputy Chief Executive for Achieving for Children, said:

“We should all be very proud of our foster carers, whose work is invaluable in providing many of our young people with a secure and loving home life and a future to look forward to.

“Our foster carers tell us fostering is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your life, as they see children develop into young, promising adults viewing life positively. It is vital that all our children be given the opportunity to succeed and move forward with their lives. Offering them a loving home plays a big part in creating this positive future for them.”

Find out more about fostering.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P209/17

Updated: 31 May 2017