Supporting foster parents wins Joey an award

From left: Annie Craig, Fostering Practice Manager; Stephan Clarke; Joey Russ; Lauren Wesley and Sue Harrison, Director of Children's Services, at the fostering awards presentation at Central Beds Council.

From left: Annie Craig, Fostering Practice Manager; Stephan Clarke; Joey Russ; Lauren Wesley and Sue Harrison, Director of Children's Services, at the fostering awards presentation at Central Beds Council.

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A young man from Maulden has been awarded for his role as part of a fostering family over the last year.

Joey Russ, 21, has been presented with a Sons and Daughters award by national charity The Fostering Network, as part of the charity’s Fostering Excellence Awards.

Joey attended a presentation event at Central Bedfordshire Council to receive his certificate.

He said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised nationally along with all the other sons and daughters that come from a fostering household.

“Fostering is a really rewarding thing and I’m really proud of my parents for supporting so many young people. Being able to be a part of that feels really great.”

Presenting the award, Sue Harrison, Director of Children’s Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Fostering truly is a family affair and the sons and daughters of foster carers make such a valuable contribution to making sure foster children feel welcome and included as part of a family setting.

“It is such an honour to meet and reward such lovely young people and inspiring to know that they have made such a positive difference to other children’s lives who may not have had the best start.”

Do you think you could be a foster carer and make a huge difference to young people’s lives? Call us on 0300 300 8181 to find our more or visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering

You can find out more about the awards and the winners on The Fostering Network website at www.fostering.net/support-us/fostering-excellence-awards