Teenager re­warded for her help fos­ter­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A TEENAGER has won a na­tional award for help­ing to im­prove the lives of chil­dren fos­tered by her par­ents.

Alanna Moore’s par­ents, Lynne and Michael, have been fos­ter­ing chil­dren in the Hilling­don bor­ough for many years.

The Fos­ter­ing Net­work, a na­tional char­ity, said the 17-yearold had played an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing them and help­ing to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the lives of the chil­dren and young peo­ple who have lived with her fam­ily.

Alanna said: “I was born into a fam­ily that fosters, and to me it’s my life – it’s nor­mal. I’m re­ally pleased to win the award. I would sug­gest it to any­one who has their own fam­ily but is in­ter­ested in fos­ter­ing to find out if it would suit them.”

The mayor of Hilling­don, Coun­cil­lor Cather­ine Dann, pre­sented Alanna with a framed cer­tifi­cate at a cer­e­mony in the mayor’s par­lour.

Mrs Dann said: “Fos­ter­ing is all about fam­ily, but not many peo­ple un­der­stand the role that sons and daugh­ters of foster car­ers play in help­ing looked after chil­dren feel loved, safe and se­cure.

“We would like to thank Alanna for the support that she has shown her par­ents and for wel­com­ing the chil­dren who have come into her home.”

The coun­cil of­fers 24-hour support, spe­cial­ist train­ing and an al­lowance start­ing at £334 per week to peo­ple will­ing to foster chil­dren and teenagers.

The au­thor­ity is call­ing for more prospec­tive car­ers to come for­ward, par­tic­u­larly those from black and Asian com­mu­ni­ties and those able to foster teenagers and sib­ling groups.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hilling­don.gov.uk/fos­ter­ing

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