In an exciting day for both foster carers and staff, HRH Duchess of Cambridge visited the Islington offices to shine a national light on foster care. The Islington fostering team hosted the joint event with the Fostering Network to raise awareness of foster care and the outstanding work foster carers do for local young people.

A roundtable discussion comprising of foster carers, Islington service managers and Fostering Network representatives outlined to the Duchess the big issues facing fostering today. Once the business end of the visit was completed The Duchess joined the foster carers and staff for afternoon tea and cake, chatting and sharing jokes around the tables. It was a great mix of foster carers ranging from parent and baby carers to specialist carers for teenagers.

HRH said “It’s really fantastic what you are all doing, supporting all these kids and giving them these opportunities. Well done.”

Lucy Peake, director of development at The Fostering Network, said: “A visit from The Duchess helps to shine a spotlight on fostering and the need for more foster carers, particularly to look after teenagers, disabled children and groups of brothers and sisters. We are very grateful to her for her interest, and know that the foster carers and care leavers attending our event today are excited to be sharing their experiences and stories with her.”

Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “Islington has a fantastic group of foster carers who look after our children and are real community heroes.  But we need more people of all backgrounds to come forward and foster, especially for teenagers and siblings.  Our carers receive excellent training and support and can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people, providing them with a happy and safe home.”