Celebrating our foster carers

They deserve nothing but praise for the great job they do in helping care for many of our looked after children and young people and so that’s exactly what they got as we hosted our annual Fostering Awards last month.

From long service awards to special recognition for their efforts, the evening, hosted at the Magnolia Park Hotel in Boarstall, was a chance to say a big thank you to the men and women who chose to foster with Buckinghamshire County Council.

This year saw the introduction of several new awards including Outstanding Contribution to Fostering, Service to Disabled Children and Best newcomer.

Our public vote for Foster Carer of the Year went to Gemma and Adam Butler who became foster parents to their 4 nieces and nephews following a tragic family event. Speaking after the event Gemma said: "We're amazed as we didn't expect to win in all honesty. We're doing it because they are family so it doesn't feel like anything special, and it's become family life now. So it's really nice to have that acknowledged as it's really hard work."

Chris Driscoll won the award for her Outstanding Contribution to Fostering as she goes the extra mile helping to run the South Bucks support group, is a mentor to other foster carers whilst caring for young babies and toddlers alongside her own four children. 

Chris said: "Being a foster carer can be challenging, emotionally and physically exhausting at times but it is so, so worth it. Seeing the progress the little one makes, seeing them begin to flourish and remembering what a privilege it is to care for them in this stepping stone of their lives is so amazing. Opening our hearts and home in this way has been the best decision we’ve made as a family

Keith and Sally Howard have been fostering for an amazing 35 years. 
They said: "We do it because the children appreciate what we do for them. We have mainly done long term care and we build up relationships with the children and keep in contact with most of them. One of our foster children visits every weekend with his two children. They're our family." 

A full list of the other winners on the night can be found on our website: www.buckscc.gov.uk/fosteringawards

If you are inspired by the stories of our current foster carers and think it is something you might be interested in, find out more at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fostering

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