Today The Fostering Network welcomed The Duchess of Cambridge to a roundtable discussion and special tea party reception to celebrate foster care across the UK.
The event, held at Islington Council children’s services, saw The Duchess meet foster carers and care experienced young people for a private
discussion about the issues that they feel are most pertinent in foster care today.
Following this, The Duchess attended a tea party with foster carers, the children in their care and care experienced young people – as well as social workers from Islington Council.
Zoe Witherington, a care experienced young person who co-hosted today’s event, said: “It is fantastic to have The Duchess come to learn more about fostering and the work of The Fostering Network. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my foster carers and so I am very happy that I had the chance to tell The Duchess directly what a difference they have made to my life.
“We presented The Duchess with a memory box today, one like I know so many children in foster care carry with them. It was full of stories and poems from young people in foster care, and the children of foster carers, and I hope that we managed to provide some more memories of fostering that she can carry with her.”
To find out whether you have the skills and commitment needed to become a foster carer, you can visit couldyoufoster.org.uk
to find out more and to find a fostering service in your local area.
You can support our continuing work helping foster carers and children thrive by donating £5 to The Fostering Network: just text Care00 £5 to 70070.
You can also see some highlights from the day on our website.
Photograph courtesy of Steve Bainbridge.