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Foster carers thanked at special celebration day

Staffordshire’s foster families were thanked during a special celebration day for their invaluable contributions in providing loving homes for the county’s looked after children.

Over 300 Children and Foster Carers gathered for the annual celebration barbecue organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service.

The celebration was held at Marquis Drive Visitors Centre, Cannock Chase on Thursday 3 August with families and children taking part in fun activities including, table top bowls, football, cricket, face painting, nail art and hair styling.

Foster families also provided craft activities and the E buddies run by Foster Carers provided a photo booth and were supporting the children to toast marshmallows on the barbecue.  Families were joined by visiting organisations including Cannock Chase museum, the voice project and make some noise while the Staffordshire Foster Carers association ran the tombola.  Children also got the chance to be hands on with the animals in the mini petting farm.

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:

“This was a marvellous day packed full of fun and it was great to see our fostering staff showing off their cooking skills too. This is always a great event that our carers look forward to and gives us the chance to thank them for their vital role in providing a secure and loving home to many of our looked after children.

“We are always on the lookout for more foster carers so I would encourage anyone who thinks they could make a difference to get in touch with us.”

Brenda Moore is a Staffordshire foster carer who has recently retired from Fostering after 40 years.  She continues to be committed to supporting other Foster Carers and the Fostering Service and attended the event as one of the special guests.  Brenda is photographed with Mark Sutton.

Further details on fostering with Staffordshire County Council is available at www.care4child.org, or by contacting 0800 169 2061.