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Foster carers are key workers – let us thank them during Foster Care Fortnight

11 May 2020

Over 80 foster parents in Brent have opened their homes to local children in care and are looking after them with love and dedication every day.

Managing under lockdown is not easy for them, but they have been coping well. From learning to navigate the digital space, to managing home schooling, surfing the internet for resources, and generally dedicating more time and attention to children, our foster carers are going out of their way to make children feel happy and protected.

 ‘Due to the nature of fostering and how people perceive it, many of our foster parents prefer to remain anonymous. However, we cannot allow their efforts to go unnoticed. They have been coping well during the crisis and deserve recognition and appreciation for their commitment and resilience. Brent foster carers are setting an example of courage and motivation just like all other key workers and volunteers,’ said Onder Beter, Head of Service.

To show our support for foster families we are once again taking part in Foster Care Fortnight between 11 – 24th May 2020, the annual campaign showcasing the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. We would like to thank them and to acknowledge the difference that there are making to children’s lives.

Cllr Patel, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care said:  ‘I would like to thank our foster carers for their hard work throughout the year and particularly during this challenging time. Their work is of paramount importance for the future of local children, and we hope they will continue to foster with us. We have also been overwhelmed by the positive response from people in Brent following our latest campaign calling for more foster carers. I can see that our community has come together to help those who need it most.’

To mark Foster Care Fortnight, we will share the stories of fostering in the time of coronavirus prepared by our foster parents. Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter to see everything we have prepared for you.

If you want to join us in saying thanks to our foster carers, you can:

  1. Update your social media image with a personalised Foster Care Fortnight frame here: Facebook (https://bit.ly/3dwWBmu ) and Twitter http://bit.ly/FCF20twibbon
  2. Take a photo with the FCF20 placard and share it online using #FCF20: https://bit.ly/3cpO1WG 
  3. Tag three of your friends and family in the image that you share on your social media channels and encourage them to support fostering by doing actions 1 to 3.

To find out more about fostering, how to get involved and the difference you will make, please visit brent.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 001 4041.