Croydon Council celebrated its foster carers and the work they do for vulnerable children and young people at a special appreciation evening.
Croydon’s Civic Mayor, Councillor Alisa Flemming and Executive Mayor Jason Perry gave their thanks and recognition to all at the event at Shirley Park Golf Club on Friday (25 November).
Croydon is home to more young people than any other London borough, and the council works with around 300 foster carers who care for babies and children up to 21 years of age, children with disabilities, young parents and their babies, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
Sharon has been fostering for Croydon for five years and has looked after children from the ages of 11-16. When asked at the event how she feels about her work as a foster carer, Sharon said: “It’s not about the money for me, it’s about giving children and young people a chance in life that they so deserve.
“The young people I care for haven’t had the best start in life, but they are all working incredibly hard to overcome life’s challenges and make a positive future for themselves and I for one am so lucky to be a part of that journey for them.”
” I want to say a huge thank you to our foster carers for everything they are doing to support and keep our young people safe and cared for when they can’t live with their own families. Our foster carers play a vital role in our service by taking vulnerable children into their homes and their hearts. I am so pleased to be able to celebrate the amazing work that they do.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer should visit our fostering webpage.