14 November 2022
A couple from Powys have won a Fostering Excellence Award, the UK’s most prestigious fostering accolade, recognising their exceptional contribution to foster care.
Karen and Danny Sherwood won the Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer award at The Fostering Network’s annual awards ceremony on Thursday 10 November.
The couple have been foster carers for over 25 years, providing a welcoming and settled home for local babies and children during this time. Their nomination described them as “exceptional advocates for all children in their care, whatever their background, age or culture”.
Their positive and supportive role within the Powys fostering community was also acknowledged. This includes their help to mentor and advise prospective adopters to support them through the process.
Karen and Danny’s enthusiasm and commitment to Powys has rubbed off on their daughter and her family, as well as their granddaughter and her family, all of whom are now active Foster Carers and follow in the couple’s footsteps to support and provide opportunities to the children in their care.
Cabinet Member for Future Generations Cllr Sandra Davies said: “I’m delighted that this national award recognises the positive impact that Karen and Danny have made over the years to the children in their care, to Children’s Services, and to our family of foster carers across the county.”
She added: “Their commitment to children looked after, energy and motivation is outstanding and humbling. As they celebrate 25 years of fostering we are truly grateful for all they have done, and for all they continue to do.”
Elaborating on this, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, says: ‘Congratulations to Karen and Danny on winning their award. Every year it’s a privilege to hear the inspiring stories of those within the fostering community. We are delighted to shine a light on these incredible people, celebrate their achievements and show our appreciation for them.
‘Our winners and everyone else involved in foster care should be extremely proud of themselves. Their contribution makes a vital difference to the lives of children and young people, and they are the bedrock of children’s social care – thank you for all that you do.’
The awards event, in Birmingham was attended by members of the fostering community from Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. All across the UK, more foster carers are needed. Foster carers come from all walks of life and backgrounds and are crucial in transforming young people’s lives.
Find out how more about becoming a foster carer in Powys visit www.powys.fosterwales.gov.wales or call 0800 22 30 627