MK Dons prize for top dad in foster carer competition

Cllr Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing and Richard Carr, Chief Executive, presenting Pat and Jacquie Albon with an award to mark their 25 years of fostering at last September's Celebration of Fostering evening

Cllr Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing and Richard Carr, Chief Executive, presenting Pat and Jacquie Albon with an award to mark their 25 years of fostering at last September's Celebration of Fostering evening

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A Sharnbrook man is among a group of foster carers recognised in a competition to find great dads.

People were encouraged to nominate their great dads for the competition as a way of saying thank you, and Pat Albon was among those put forward for the The Great Dads initiative run by Central Bedfordshire Council to coincide with Father’s Day.

Pat, who has been fostering for more than 25 years, said: “I don’t see myself as great, just an ordinary dad trying to do the best for the children we have the privilege to care for and, hopefully, give them the loving and stable environment they need during what is often a time of uncertainty.

“All the looked-after children in our care are accepted as members of our family whilst they are with us, including by our own children, and therefore are treated as such.

“Recognising that many children come from families where either there is no male parent or that there may have been inappropriate behaviour by a male, I tend to take a back seat at the time of placement. I will generally be around but allow the children to get used to my presence without being directly involved until I am sure that I do not seem a threat to the child.”

Pat has won family tickets to watch Milton Keynes Dons play next season.

If that has inspired you to find out more about fostering in Central Bedfordshire, visit http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/children/adoption-fostering/foster.aspx?utm_source=website&utm_medium=pr-link&utm_campaign=fgd-2016