Mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser, along with Merton Council’s chief executive, Ged Curran and director of children, schools and families, Yvette Stanley, joined together to say thank you to Merton’s foster carers at a celebratory dinner dance at Wimbledon’s Cannizaro House Hotel.
Fifty-eight foster families and nine supported lodgings carers in Merton look after children who are not able to live with their birth families, giving them a loving and secure environment in which to grow up.
Foster carers and supported lodgings carers in Merton work as part of a team of professionals helping to provide children with security and a bright future of opportunity. The council’s fostering team is on hand to support and guide potential foster carers through the process and during the time when the children are living with them.
Councillor Brenda Fraser said: “It was a delight to be at the dinner dance to meet the many carers who dedicate so much of their time looking after children and giving them a family environment in sometimes challenging circumstances. Our foster carers and supported lodging carers are wonderful people who help make Merton a great place where young people can grow up and make a successful life for themselves.”
Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Katy Neep said: “We should all be very proud of our foster carers and supported lodgings carers, whose work is invaluable in providing many of our young people with a secure and loving home life and a future to look forward to. Our foster carers tell us fostering is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your life, as they see children develop into young, promising adults viewing life positively. It is vital that all our children be given the opportunity to succeed and move forward with their lives. Offering them a loving home plays a big part role in creating this positive future for them.”
Merton is currently recruiting foster carers and supported lodgings carers. Anyone wishing to discuss fostering is welcome to contact the council’s access to resources team on 020 8545 4070 or Freephone 0800 0730874. A spare bedroom, patience, resilience and the ability to communicate and inspire children form part of what’s needed to be a foster carer. More information on fostering is on the council’s website.
Note to editors
Supported lodgings carers prepare young people for independent living in the community.