Christmas is usually a time for celebration, but for looked after children and our fostering families it can also be a time of reflection and balancing heightened emotions. Although all children who are cared for by our fostering families will be well cared for, receiving gifts and enjoying a Christmas dinner, for a number of looked children this time of year can also be difficult, reminding them of the families they are not living with.
Our foster carers and their families do an amazing job to manage this period of time where situations can at times become difficult and sensitive. They aim to create positive memories for the children and young people that they care for, whilst trying to balance this against the usual busyness of the time of year and the needs of their own birth family.
Therefore, the fostering service hosts each year a small “thank you” for our foster carers to acknowledge their hard work and achievements for the year. The Lord Mayor welcomes all of the fostering community to their reception with a mince pie and coffee and chats through what fostering throughout the year has meant to our carers. Social workers, and other members of the team come along and it is a wonderful way to get into the festive spirit in a relaxed environment in the beautiful historic Council building. Our carers tell us this is also great opportunity to get together with the wider fostering community and meet with their peers to share their experiences, challenges and successes.