Foster Carers Rewarded In Queen’s New Year’s Honours List
If you needed any more inspiration or encouragement as to why you should consider becoming a foster carer, it has been revealed that several of the country’s heroic foster carers have now been rewarded with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
In fact, Alan and Jackie Bennett, from Staffordshire, have fostered nearly 200 children over the last 40 years.
They told local media that one of the biggest reasons why they became foster carers is because they ‘wanted a big family’. Jackie also added that ‘fostering is incredibly rewarding and that there’s no better feeling when a child wakes up in our house for the first time, knowing that they are in a safe place’.
Whether it’s providing a child with a safe place, helping them with their homework or giving encouragement for something they’ve completed, any of our foster carers will tell you it’s the small things that make the biggest difference.
Some of the country’s other foster carers that have been recognised with an MBE include Kath and Roy Shayler, from Weymouth, who have cared for more than 150 children and young people over a 40 year period.
Writing in the Dorset Echo, the couple believe that ‘seeing a child grow in confidence and stability and for them to become secure and be loved is a reward in itself’.
Believe it or not, there’s quite a number of foster carers from across the UK that have been recognised in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours List – And long may this continue!
Whilst fostering is hugely rewarding and gratifying for all our foster carers, we also know that one of the best things about becoming a foster carer is that it’s incredibly flexible. From respite and emergency foster placements to more longer term opportunities, we have a type of placement to suit everybody.
Being a foster carer may make you become a ‘superhero’, but you don’t need superhero powers to become one. Just a willingness to help bring a about a positive change in a child’s life, a level of resilience and the practicality of having a spare bedroom.
We’re currently on the lookout for more kind-hearted, ‘superhero’ foster carers, so if you would like to discover more about the level of training, care and support you’ll receive from the Perpetual Fostering team, as well as the financial rewards you’ll be given, get in touch with us today.
You never know, you may find yourself on the Queen’s next New Year’s Honours List.