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Nominate a local foster carer for a special award

Posted on Wednesday 21st February 2024

Cllr Mark Sutton

People in Staffordshire are being invited to nominate a local foster carer for a special award.

The first ever Fostering Star Awards will recognise and celebrate the support that foster carers provide to the children and young people in their care.

The awards are being organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering service, who want people to make a nomination.

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

“Our foster carers are invaluable and play a vital role in making sure that children get the best possible start in life.

“We want to be able to recognise and celebrate the fantastic job our foster carers do and our first ever Fostering Star Awards will help us do that.  There’s five categories in total, including rising star, and an award for those who inspire the young people they foster.  If you do know a great foster carer in your local community, then please get them nominated.”

Carers can be nominated in five award categories including:

  • Rising Star - For carers who have fostered for less than 2 years who has made an impact on a child’s life.
  • Inspirational Person - Someone who inspires the children in their care to achieve their potential.
  • Making a Difference – someone making a difference in the fostering community.
  • Above and Beyond - Someone who goes above and beyond to support the children in their care or to support other foster carers.
  • Makes Us/Me Smile - Someone who is always there for other foster carers, even on a challenging day.

Further information on the awards and how to nominate are available here. Nominations close on 31 March 2024.

The awards ceremony will see the finalists and the person who nominated them, come together to celebrate their achievements on Thursday 23 May during Foster Care Fortnight.

People interested in fostering for Staffordshire County Council can find out more on the Foster For Staffordshire website.

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