Islington foster carer Chris Meadows has been awarded an MBE for services to fostering. Chris has been a foster carer in Islington for 30 years. With the support of her husband Peter they have fostered over 80 children with Islington with the care they give having a huge impact on their lives. The family currently foster children under the age of five, but have provided emergency, respite and long term placements for children up to 16.

Chris visited Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 7 December with Peter, her daughter and granddaughter to receive their award from Prince Charles. Chris said: “It was a lovely day at the Palace and meeting Prince Charles. Fostering is a really rewarding experience and it’s nice to be able to make change to a child’s life.

“You learn things from every child that your foster – each one teaches you how to be a better foster parent for the next.”

An active member of the Islington Association for Foster Carers, Chris has served as a committee member and organised holidays and trips for Islington’s looked-after children and their carers. She acts as a liaison for carers in need of financial support, and has helped inform local carers of the tax benefits they are eligible for.

Chris added: “I was inspired to get into fostering by my parents, who fostered children in Harrow for 30 years too. I’d like to thank my husband Peter for being there with me, I could not have done this without him.”