Posted on Friday 23rd October 2020
A Staffordshire foster carer has received a national award for his outstanding contribution to foster care.
Alan Hudson from Hednesford won the UK’s most prestigious fostering award at the Fostering Network’s virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October.
The 66-year-old has been a foster carer with Staffordshire County Council for 19 years.
Alan is known for his positive spirit and can do attitude. He is always striving to improve the situation of both young people and foster carers alike. Not only has Alan set up coding clubs for young people with another foster carer to increase their employability skills, he also delivers IT training to foster families and developed a breakfast club to support foster carers.
Even in the face of personal adversity, he has continued to support the children in his care in an unwavering manner and ensures they thrive in all aspects of their lives.
Talking about winning the award, Alan said:
“This award has given me great pride in what I do. They say children are our future, every day foster carers nurture futures in their homes, bringing that special ingredient of family to the children we all care so much about.
“Foster carers, family and friends carers, and special guardians are everyday people that are there when a child or young person needs a home that offers safety, security, understanding, and a loving place to grow and become amazing without judgment.
“Fostering really is such a rewarding thing to do. I don’t think I’ve ever done a job that’s as satisfying as it is. The training and support is excellent too and you’re never on your own. I’d definitely urge people to try it.”
Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member responsible for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:
“This award is a great recognition of the time and commitment which Alan gives both to the children he cares for and the fostering service. I would like to congratulate him on receiving this award and thank him for his continued commitment to fostering.
“We have a wonderful team of foster carers and families doing amazing things right across the county. While we currently need carers for children of all ages, we have a particular need for carers for teenagers and sibling groups. So, if you think fostering could be for you then please get in touch with the team.”
For further information on fostering with Staffordshire County Council visit www.fosterforstaffordshire.co.uk or call 0800 169 2061.