‘FOS­TER­ING IS A RE­WARD­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE’

COU­PLE TELL OF THEIR RE­WARD­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A HILLINGDON foster fam­ily is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers in the area to foster chil­dren dur­ing Foster Care Fort­night.

Lynne and Michael Moore, who have three daugh­ters of their own, be­gan fos­ter­ing chil­dren in Hillingdon more than 23 years ago.

They are us­ing the na­tional cam­paign, which runs from May 8 to 21, to in­spire oth­ers to do the same.

Lynne said: “I’d been child­mind­ing for a while so I al­ready had ex­pe­ri­ence with chil­dren and I wanted to build on my skills and give some­thing back.

“Fos­ter­ing can make such a life­long dif­fer­ence to a child’s life, it can turn their life around, but we also get a lot out of it too.

“Fos­ter­ing can be ex­tremely re­ward­ing.

“To make a dif­fer­ence you need com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm, so if any­one has just an inkling about fos­ter­ing, please try it.”

One of Lynne and Michael’s foster chil­dren Emma, now 25, came to them af­ter her mother passed away.

“When my mum died I was in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate that Lynne and Michael agreed to foster me” said Emma.

“They put me into a good school and al­ways made me do my home­work, and they taught me the value of ed­u­ca­tion.

“Lynne and Michael were so sup­port­ive and I don’t know how I would have turned out if it had not been for them.

“I al­ways knew that I wanted to make some­thing of my­self, but they gave me the help and ad­vice I needed along the way.

“Most im­por­tantly, they never made me feel like I was dif­fer­ent and I al­ways felt part of the fam­ily.”

Coun­cil­lor David Sim­monds, cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “The Moores’ story shows that fos­ter­ing re­ally does have a mon­u­men­tal im­pact on young peo­ple in Hillingdon and it’s so re­ward­ing.

“Foster car­ers can also earn up to £419.88 per week and will re­ceive ex­cel­lent train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and on­go­ing sup­port.

“Please come along to one of our events in May and find out if fos­ter­ing is for you.”

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