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Couple recognised for decade fostering for the council

Published
24.05.2022

The council is saying a huge thank you to Maureen and Robert Kerr who began fostering for the county council in 2011.

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The couple from Abbeymead, recently celebrated ten years of fostering and were rewarded with a gift voucher, to say thank you for their years of service caring for some of the county’s most vulnerable children.

They began fostering for an agency but transferred to become county council foster carers saying: “We decided to move as we knew we would get support and training that our agency wasn’t really giving us.”

Over the years they have fostered children and young people of all ages, providing support and care in a family setting and helping children to stay in their community with everything that is familiar to them. This minimises further disruption to a child’s life by helping them stay in their school, close to their friends, and to keep connections with other family members.

Maureen said “Our time with GCC has been fantastic. We fostered a young person who had experienced a horrendous amount of moves between different homes, who stayed with us from 2010 until 2021 when he was ready for independence, he is and always will be part of our family.

“We have also fostered 2 unaccompanied asylum seekers and one of those young men is also now part of our family.

“More recently we have fostered babies, supporting our last baby to their adoption at the end of 2021, and although it’s very sad to say goodbye, we know that these babies have had an amazing start.”

The inspirational couple are relocating to Warwickshire but having seen the difference they can make to children’s lives and knowing the importance of helping children to stay local, they are going to foster for their new local authority.

“We are leaving Gloucestershire to help with our Grandchildren in Warwickshire but we’re not quite ready to leave fostering yet, we’ve already set the wheels in motion to continue our journey with our new council.”

The couple were keen to thank Ros Longwill, a Supervising Social Worker for the amazing support they’ve had from her. Ros said: “It has been wonderful and encouraging to journey with them over the years, being able to support them as they cared for children.

“All fostering has its challenges but fostering babies can be a particularly emotional experience when the time comes for them to be adopted. Maureen and Robert had both the skills, professionalism and care required to fulfil this role, so thank you.”

Cllr Stephen Davies, cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and early years at Gloucestershire County Council said: “Maureen and Robert are an inspiration and I would like to thank them for everything they have done to support children in Gloucestershire.

“Far too often, children have to move to a foster family far away from where they live, and brothers and sisters are separated. We are calling for families, couples and individuals to contact us now for a no obligation chat about joining our local fostering family, where assessment, training and extensive ongoing support is available to all foster carers. If you have space in your heart and your home, with a desire make a difference in a child’s life, please get in touch.”

Whether you’re employed or not, you live alone or as part of a family, if you’re interested in fostering, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us now for a no obligation conversation to find out more about how we can support you to become a foster carer for Gloucestershire County Council. Please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering or call 01242 532654.

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