Carolina House Trust celebrated the foster carers supporting our children and young people to reach their potential at a Celebration of Success ceremony at our Head Office this week.
We have supported young people in Dundee for over 200 years, and while once a city orphanage, we now provide safe and nurturing family homes to children and young people.
This year we marked Foster Care Fortnight by celebrating the successes of carers providing family-based care to children and young people across Scotland with a ceremony including the Lord Provost of Dundee and a showcase of the successes that the families themselves have identified throughout the last 12 months.
Sara Lovelock, Chief Operating Officer at Carolina House Trust said: “Our carers provide fantastic care to children and young people who are living with them.
“Their dedication deserves our thanks and I am delighted we can recognise them at our Celebration of Success event. I am also pleased that the Lord Provost can join us to mark the occasion and our historic links with the city.
“Carers have listed achievements ranging from, supporting young people move to independent living, to nurturing a young person’s interest and talent in woodwork, to encouraging a young person to represent their class in school decision making.
“We have all benefited from the opportunity to consider the achievements as a community and the difference our carers make to lives of children and young people.”
Lord Provost Bill Campbell said: “It’s important that we take the time to recognise and thank the foster carers across our city for the vital care they provide to children and young people.
“Foster Care Fortnight presents us with an opportunity to hear of the incredible and varied stories from foster carers and to show our heartfelt gratitude to them.
“Organisations like Carolina House Trust play an important role in our community and their support goes far in helping to provide family-based care to children and young people in Dundee.
“I am very much looking forward to presenting carers with their certificates and thanking them directly for their efforts in their support roles.”
The Lord Provost presented the carers with a certificate and gift bag at the ceremony. Chair of the Board of Trustees, Donald McKenzie welcomed guests to the ceremony and Growth Mindset Coach, Jamie McBrearty introduced each carer family and their chosen achievement. Staff, Board members and Fostering Panel members also attended the celebration event.
Foster Care Fortnight runs from to 15th to 28th May 2023.