Hillingdon Council is urging Northwood residents to consider fostering.
The council is using this year’s Foster Care Fortnight (May 11 – May 24) to highlight the positive difference that fostering can make to young people’s lives.
Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign which raises awareness of the importance of fostering.
The council is marking the fortnight by celebrating its existing fostering community while also appealing for new foster carers.
Zena, aged 51 from Hillingdon, has been fostering for two years. She said: “My first foster child was a two-week-old baby and I had mixed emotions, but the council’s fostering team was so supportive throughout the whole process.
“I turned up at the hospital to meet the baby, took one look at him and thought – this is what I’m here for, I’m going to give you the best start in life I possibly can.
“Watching each child grow and seeing the end result instills a real sense of pride, but the biggest reward is seeing a child happy and safe. Foster carers are just normal people who want to help, and there are so many children who need your support. I really wish I’d started fostering sooner.”
Councillor Susan O’Brien, Hillingdon Council’s cabinet member for education, children and youth services, said: “We’d like to thank our foster carers for doing such an incredible job protecting, supporting and caring for children and young people in Hillingdon.“
Picture courtesy of Mark Moon