Foster Care In The Spotlight
Over the past six months, there’s been something really amazing happening. And what’s that little something, we hear you ask? It’s the increased attention and coverage foster care has received! For us as an independent agency, it’s so exciting to see more dialogue, more opinions, and more celebrations of foster carers. As you’ll see, this should lead to greater awareness – at a national level – of many aspects of foster care, including:
- how foster carers work incredibly hard, and are doing amazing jobs while they’re at it
- the foster community is a vibrant one, as well as diverse
- there is a national shortage, numbering in the thousands, that needs to be addressed
So without further ado, here are some of the standout moments from the past six months – the kind that we think will raise awareness about foster care to new heights:
Lorraine Pascale is Appointed Fostering Ambassador
As if there was any doubt whatsoever that fostered children go on to do great things, Lorraine is here as a shining example. As we covered in a previous post, we’re so proud to witness such a popular personality such as herself taking up the reign of promoting foster care. She’s the very first person to be appointed to this role!
Foster Carers Are Honoured by the Queen
We’ve witnessed foster carers from around the country being recognised by Royalty! A grand total of 11 hardworking foster carers were listed in the New Year Honour’s list 2015, as part of the section for education and children’s services.
A Duchess Celebrates Foster Carers
As if the current Queen’s attention weren’t enough, a future Queen of ours has also shown an interest! In case you missed it, the Duchess herself spent the day with foster carers – both new and old – as well as fostered children, in Islington, North London. Read our post about her visit here.
We’re genuinely delighted by the increased attention foster care seems to be getting up and down the country, and across all kinds of channels of media. And it’s only March! We’re hopeful that 2015 will continue to have plenty more well-deserved spotlight attention and recognition for foster carers in store.