Kate Middleton Meets Foster Carers
You may have noticed something last Friday, 16th January – we were only a little bit excited about it! Her Royal Highness, Kate Middleton, spent the day in North London, learning all about foster care experiences – both from parents involved and the children who benefit.
The Duchess, who is six months pregnant with her second child, made this her second official outing in as many days. She was highly motivated to learn as much as she could about all aspects of the fostering process, chatting with social workers, as well as a range of foster parents, throughout the day. She was also very happy to meet a toddler called Naya, comparing the six-month-old girl to her own child, jokingly describing the youngster as “even chubbier than George”.
She began her visit by meeting with a selection of ambassadors and foster carers, telling them: “I’ve heard a huge amount about fostering and it’s really great for me to have this opportunity to speak to you about it.” This was followed by a tea party, where she spent time with elderly foster parents – some of whom had cared for over 100 children.
As her visit drew to a close, the Duchess was presented with a “memory box” by her hosts – a book of stories and poems written by former foster children – so that her experiences that day would stay with her. Kate later admitted how much the experience moved her on a personal level.
At Perpetual Fostering, we’re delighted to see a member of the monarchy taking such an active interest in fostering, as well as the provision of care for children in need. Given our aim to increase fostering recruitment in this year, we couldn’t ask for a better example! We like to think it also demonstrates the rewards of support and a sense of community that hard-working foster carers deserve to enjoy.
Were you present during HRH’s visit to Highbury? If so, we’d love to hear from you – get in touch to share your experiences with us!