A DEDICATED couple who make fostering ‘a real family affair’ have been been named Warwickshire Foster Carer of the Year.
Suzanne and Steve were chosen for the award after their many foster children, and social workers, all commented on how supportive they were.
The couple, who have been fostering for 18 years, were presented with the award at a celebration event hosted by Warwickshire County Council.
And fostering is a real family affair for Suzanne and Steve as their children also embrace fostering and provide support to the young people in care, helping them to feel heard and safe and part of the family.
The extended family even went on holiday together to celebrate Suzanne and Steve’s 25th wedding anniversary renewal of vows celebration.
The guidance provided by Suzanne and Steve goes beyond the children in their care and they also support new fostering families, providing advice.
Steve said: “We have been fostering for 18 years and are very aware of the high calibre of local authority foster carers in Warwickshire. Both past and present, experienced carers who have become close friends and, in some cases, more like family.
“Added to this, we have had the pleasure and privilege of caring for some great children over the years, we have created wonderful memories together and it has been so rewarding to watch them grow and achieve their full potential. Our fostering journey has presented its challenges along the way, but we have always been able to draw on solid unwavering support of family, friends and professionals when needed.”
Suzanne added: “We are also immensely proud of our four biological children, who have contributed hugely during our fostering journey. They have always shown patience, kindness and empathy to the young people we have welcomed into our home. They are fantastic role models and some of the funniest people we know. Without trying, they put young people at ease in an unfamiliar environment and offer the hand of friendship without a second thought.”