Bucks foster carers honoured
PUBLISHED: 11:40 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:30 20 February 2013
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The hard work and dedication of Buckinghamshire County Council's foster carerswas celebrated at an awards ceremony at Green Park Country Park in Aylesbury.
The event was an opportunityfor the CountyCouncilto celebrate its foster carers hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to caring for children.
Jenny and Terry Macdonaldfrom High Wycombe have cared for more than50 teenagers during their fostering career, and were honoured for15 years of service.
Jenny said: "It's an honourto be recognised forsomething we love to do. We decided to foster because all we wanted to do was to make a difference. We foster teenagers, and enjoyhelping them tobecome independent people in their own right, as well asjust beingthere for them when they need us most.
"Fostering can be difficultandalsovery rewarding. I would recommend it to anybody who has a spare room."
Awards were presented by Valerie Letheren, Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children Services. Cllr Letheren said: "Our foster carers do a fantastic job all year round and deserve recognition for all their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication. They look after children and young people at a time when they need it most. I would like to congratulate themall on their tremendous achievements, and personally thank every single one of them for the invaluable contribution,sense of family and inclusion they bringtoa young person in their care.
"We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming foster carers. You really can make a difference to the life of a child or young person and we will provide you with all the training and support you need.
This years National Fostering Fortnightsaw the Fostering Network launch its 22 minutes campaign which aims to highlight the fact that a child comes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes across the UK. The alarming figure highlights the growing pressure on the care system and the scale of the challenge facing fostering services already struggling with a shortage of foster carers. Buckinghamshire currently has 375 children in care in Buckinghamshire an eight percent increase in the last two years.
Foster carers can be of any age over 21 years old, homeowners or tenants, employed or unemployed, single or in a relationship. There really is no typical foster carer.
Anyone wishing to find out more about fostering, contact the councils fostering team on 01296 382555 or email email@example.com
The photo shows Jenny MacDonald with Val Letheren at the awards ceremony