Newport foster carers honoured
3:20pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in News
A NEWPORT couple who have cared for dozens of children have been recognised for their long commitment to fostering.
Janet and Phil Sutton, both 59, were honoured for their ten years’ service to foster agency Foster Care Associates (FCA) Cymru.
The couple, who have fostered for a total of 24 years, the latter decade with FCA, say they get a real sense of achievement.
Mr Sutton said: “We’ve learned never to give up on a child, no matter what they’ve been through or the disabilities and emotional hurdles they face. You should never limit your expectations, and push young people to live life to the full, they will always surprise you, and that’s why fostering is so rewarding.”
The pair, who have four grownup children of their own, were drawn to fostering through their shared love of working with children.
Mr Sutton urged those considering the vocation to think about it carefully, but reassured them that help, including 24-hour support, on-going training and carer forums, provide continuing assistance when you need it. They also have the backing of a social worker, education officer and therapist.
Victor Thomas, FCA Cymru regional manager, congratulated the pair on their service, saying they were an “inspiration” to others.
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer can contact FCA Cymru on 0800 023 4561 or Newport council on 01633 656656, which is also recruiting.