Annual Fostering Achievement Awards

18/04/2014

Children and young people from across the Belfast Trust area who are in foster care received awards for achievements in all aspects of life including academic, musical, sporting and social accomplishments

More than 120 looked after children and young people joined the Fostering Network Northern Ireland and Belfast Trust Fostering Service in taking part in the annual Fostering Achievement Awards in Belfast.
The Awards, held at the city’s Titanic Building on Saturday 12 April, recognise the achievements of children and young people who are in foster care and cover a variety of areas including academic, social and sporting successes.

15 year old Callum Kernohan who has lived with his foster carer for the past three years received an award for endeavour. He says, “Two years ago I became interested in playing guitar and began to teach myself with the help of youtube. When your home life is unstable it is not easy to achieve your goals – musical, sporting, studies, whatever. You can feel like you have no one on your side, you have no anchor. But it is one hundred percent true that with the support of foster carers who are always there for you, you can be who you want to be”.

Colette Quinn, Senior Social Worker Belfast Trust Fostering Service, who coordinated the ceremony said: “We are very proud of all the children and their achievements. For some this has included basic things such as learning English as a first language, attending school every day, doing well in exams to learning a new life skill like swimming or dance." She added, “Belfast Trust also wishes to acknowledge publicly the wonderful job foster carers do in giving children and young people the secure homes they need to develop their potential. We greatly value the contribution and efforts foster carers make to the lives of children and young people and the Trust is extremely proud of the service it offers to all foster carers and their families.”

If you are interested in fostering for Belfast HSC Trust or would like to find out more please contact (028) 950 40057 or visit www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net.
If you live outside of the Belfast area you can contact the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service on 0800 0720 137 who will put you in touch with your local Health and Social Care Trust fostering service