This week Dawn attended the launch event for “How to be a Brent Foster Carer”, held at the Brent Civic Centre. The event aimed to promote fostering and highlight the great work foster carers across the borough do.
During the event, Dawn spoke about her own admiration for foster carers and the important role they play in shaping the lives of young people.
At the event, Dawn met with a foster parent in Brent, who was from the EU and was worried about her status as an EU citizen. She had contributed so much to fostering in Brent, and is continuing to do so, yet was unsure if she will be able to in the future.
Also speaking at the event, was Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Muhammed Butt, and foster carer of 31 years, Patrice Thomas MBE.
Brent has been proactive in fostering and adoption services, working hard to find families for children. The local authority benefits from foster carers who are from diverse backgrounds, as this means that almost every child is well matched on an ethnic, cultural and religious basis. Brent has remained fully committed to, and made great strides in ensuring all children have a family. Nonetheless, there is still a need for more foster carers.
Speaking after the event Dawn said
In Brent we have so many foster parents working tirelessly and receive little, if any, praise. These parents are shaping the futures of Brent’s future generations. This event gave us the opportunity to sing those praises for those families and promote the services on offer for people in Brent considering becoming foster parents.
Some issues were also raised in terms of increased benefits for foster carers and I hope that Brent will be competitive. Although foster carers do this for the love and not the money, we have to ensure that we do not lose our foster carers to other boroughs.
For further information on how you can become a foster carer in Brent, please visit the following website: