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A big Thank you to Merton Foster Carers at Cannizaro House

Foster carers thanked for giving vulnerable children a fresh start  

Foster mums and dads from across Merton gathered for an event to celebrate their long service and commitment to caring for vulnerable children.

A reception and awards ceremony was held at the Cannizaro House in Wimbledon. Awards were presented to foster carers to recognise their long service and completion of training.  One foster carer had been fostering children for more than two decades and had enabled some of the most vulnerable children and young people to have a fresh start in life.

Merton Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Councillor Katy Neep, attended the event and presented certificates to the foster carers with the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Marsie Skeet.

Cllr Neep said: "It was a privilege to meet such a dedicated team of foster carers and have the opportunity to thank them for their hard work and commitment to ensuring that the children in their care get the support and care they need."

Fostering is a way of providing a family life for a child who is unable to live with their parents. There is currently a shortage of foster carers for children of all ages in Merton, but particularly for teenagers and sibling groups.

The council is recruiting new foster carers who can provide a vulnerable child with safe and secure place to live. To become a foster carer, you need to have aspare bedroom and some experience of young people. Time, patience, resilience and understanding are essential qualities for fostering a child. You will also need people in your family or community who will be able to provide practical help and emotional support. Applications are welcomed from people from all backgrounds, whatever their education, background, marital status or sexual orientation of potential foster carers.

Full training is provided to every foster carer as well as ongoing support, including a dedicated social worker and a 24-hour telephone helpline.

To find out more about fostering a child call: 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 or email fostering@merton.gov.uk