Council encourages residents to consider fostering
Hillingdon Council is using this year's Foster Care Fortnight (11 to 24 May) to highlight the positive difference that fostering can make to young people's lives, and encourage residents to consider looking after a child or young person in the borough.
Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign which raises awareness of the importance of fostering, and the council is marking the fortnight by celebrating its existing fostering community while also appealing for new foster carers.
Zena, aged 51 from Hillingdon, has been fostering for two years. She said: "My first foster child was a two-week-old baby and I had mixed emotions, but the council's Fostering team was so supportive throughout the whole process. I turned up at the hospital to meet the baby, took one look at him and thought - this is what I'm here for, I'm going to give you the best start in life I possibly can.
"Watching each child grow and seeing the end result instills a real sense of pride, but the biggest reward is seeing a child happy and safe. Foster carers are just normal people who want to help, and there are so many children who need your support. I really wish I'd started fostering sooner."
Cllr Susan O'Brien, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, said: "We'd like to thank our foster carers for doing such an incredible job protecting, supporting and caring for children and young people in Hillingdon. Fostering can be hugely fulfilling and rewarding - and we are looking for people from all backgrounds to look after children and young people in the borough.
"Our foster carers receive expert support and guidance, plus a generous allowance. If you'd like to find out more, members of our friendly Fostering team are ready for a chat over the phone and we have plenty of information online."
If you think you could look after a child in need, please call the Fostering team on 0800 783 1298, email email@example.com or visit