Foster carers from Cambridge were recognised at an awards ceremony to celebrate their work with Cambridgeshireâ€™s looked after children and young people.
They joined carers from across the county to take part in Cambridgeshire County Councilâ€™s Foster Carer Awards, held at Wood Green near Godmanchester.
The event is an annual celebration of the local authorityâ€™s foster carers and is an opportunity for foster carers, their own children and the children they foster to get together for an evening of fun and entertainment.
In presenting the awards Councillor Joan Whitehead, Chairwoman of Cambridgeshire County Councilâ€™s Children and Young Peopleâ€™s Committee, said: â€œWe are very grateful for the hard work and commitment shown by our foster carers. Fostering is a fulfilling, demanding, and skilful role and it was an honour to celebrate the achievements of our long serving carers.â€
Cllr Whitehead also thanked carers for their work to help encourage other members of the public to consider fostering. This is particularly important as Cambridgeshire, like many other areas of the country, needs to recruit more foster carers to provide homes for local children and young people.
The photo shows Heather Cruikshank from Cambridge receiving her 5-year award from Cambridgeshire County Councilâ€™s Vice Chairman Cllr Sebastian Kindersley. Heather is a respite carer who fosters alongside working full-time. She was praised for her understanding of young peopleâ€™s needs and for her commitment to fostering.
Over 120 carers, children and members of staff attended the popular event and a total of 20 families received awards this year, with the longest serving carers celebrating 25 years of fostering.
Anyone interested in finding out more information about fostering with Cambridgeshire County Council can call 0800 052 0078 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering