Carers recognised for helping teenager make the grades
Foster carers, Donna and Adam of Evesham are being recognised for their dedication and commitment to a teenager in their care who is now studying for her A levels.
The couple are being treated to a meal at The Fleece Inn next week for their commitment.
Donna and Adam were Friends & Family Carers for Gloucestershire County Council before being re-assessed to offer mainstream fostering nearly two years ago. The couple also have an 18 year old daughter living at home.
The couple were committed to fostering teenagers from the outset.
Donna said: "We were used to having teenagers in our home and it has never fazed us. The 16 year old who is with us now came to live with us two days after our approval as carers when she was 15. I cannot praise her enough."
"She is a remarkable young lady who despite many challenges has been utterly determined to make something of her life. Although we live in Evesham she was able to stay at the same school in Gloucestershire which she wanted to do as they have been so supportive during her school life."
"She has also had great support from Gloucestershire's Virtual School which presented her with an award for her achievements at a ceremony last year. We and her birth family are incredibly proud of her."
"Obviously fostering is very much a family affair and our daughter has been very supportive. She has offered a very mature teenagers perspective to any challenges encountered over the past two years and is great at helping the young person with things like homework. Her positive relationship with the young person has been a huge asset to making them feel part of our family."
Tracey, the couple's fostering social worker said: "Donna and Adam have been 100% committed to the young person in their care and have provided the supportive home environment for her to succeed in her exams. They are a real asset to the fostering service."
The county council accepts applications to foster from all sectors of society. There is no upper age limit to foster and people can be married, single, co-habiting, in a heterosexual or same sex relationship, a homeowner or renting a property.
All children are different, and to meet their needs, the county council is looking for a wide variety of people.
However all applicants will need to be over 21 and have a spare room (or spare rooms for siblings) in their home.
Gloucestershire County Council is particularly keen to hear from people looking to foster older children, sibling groups and teenagers.
Nigel Smith, Landlord of the National Trust owned Fleece Inn at Bretforton near Evesham said: "We are delighted to offer a meal to such a deserving couple."
Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "The achievements of this young person are a testament of her own hard work and determination. Donna and Adam deserve huge praise for their commitment and care in helping her to succeed.
"They are a testament to how foster carers can turn young people's lives around and help them achieve the best possible outcomes in life."
If you feel you've got what it takes to foster, please call the fostering recruitment team on 01242 532654 or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering.