Sheffield family marks 80 years of fostering in the city

A mother and daughter have been honoured by Sheffield Council to mark their combined 80 years of fostering.

Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 8:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 10:44 am
Anne Shaw chats with Coun Jackie Drayton

Anne Shaw and her daughter Rachel were invited to attend a ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall recently, where their dedication to fostering was celebrated in front of family and friends.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for Children Young People and Families at Sheffield Council, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Anne, her daughter Rachel and their two friends who are all foster carers.

“Anne has been fostering with Sheffield City Council for 50 years, and her daughter for the last 30 years – we are so lucky to have them helping children and young people in our care.

“Speaking with them was a joy, and their messages are exactly what represent Sheffield City Council foster carers. The love they have for children and young people is heart-warming.

“I was so proud to host them here at the Town Hall to celebrate a fantastic milestone for Anne.

“Our carers often tell us that fostering is the most rewarding thing they’ve ever done, and we really need more people like Anne and Rachel and our other fantastic foster carers to continue to help children and young people in Sheffield.

“Anne told me that the things you need to become a foster carer are ‘a lot of love and a spare room!’

“Her daughter Rachel added: ‘or even better a lot of love and two spare rooms!’

“I can certainly testify that these wonderful women have given loads of love over their years of service and during that time have helped change the lives of many children and young people.

“I honestly can’t thank them, and all our foster carers enough for what they do.”

Sheffield Council’s fostering service sits within the Children and Families Service.

The main aim of the service is to provide safe, high quality family based care for children and young people living in the city which values, supports and encourages them to grow and develop as individuals as they continue into adulthood.

A spokesman for the service added: “By fostering, you can make a big difference to a child’s life. Working with children is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do. If you think that you could give a child a stable place to call home in Sheffield, we'd love to hear from you

“Become a foster carer with us and you’ll be helping to keep Sheffield children in Sheffield homes. We have a generous package for our carers that includes excellent support and training which is delivered locally in Sheffield.

“We need foster carers for Sheffield children of all ages who, for whatever reason, need someone else to look after them. This can be anything from a regular overnight stay to giving a child a permanent home, or something in between.

“We’ll support you every step of the way to help you make a real difference to the lives of children who need it most.

“If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, please get in touch.”

There are currently over 250 fostering households in Sheffield, and more than 300 needed. In 2016/17, more than 550 children in Sheffield, aged 0-18, were being looked after by foster carers.

The next fostering information event will be held at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House on Wednesday September 11, from 5.45pm to 8pm.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/fostering for more information on fostering in Sheffield, email fostering@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 2735075. You can also register your attendance for the upcoming fostering information event.