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Ealing foster carers recognised at annual awards

Foster carers and the valuable role they play in helping children in Ealing was celebrated at Ealing Council’s annual Foster Carers Awards with a teacher in the borough being named Ealing Council’s Foster Carer of the Year.

Tracey Carvey-White, who has been fostering since 2017 was recognised for providing a nurturing home to the children in her care, while maintaining connections with the children’s birth family members.

More than 150 people attended the special event at Double Tree Hilton Hotel near Ealing Common which was opened by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor. Carers were nominated by young people and social workers with the winner being chosen by a panel which included a young care leaver.

The judges highlighted how Ms Carvey-White supports her foster children with dedication and commitment to their well-being. They said she asks the important question of “If I don’t look after this child, who will?” and delivers on that.

Even when the child leaves care, Ms Carvey-White was recognised for how she maintains connections with her children which the judges recognised as showcasing her ongoing commitment to their wellbeing.

One young person who was been cared for by Ms Carvey-White explained why she should be recognised for her caring. They said: “I think my carer should win the award because for the past 3 years I have been with her, I’ve been way happier and I’ve experienced a lot of things I never thought I would before. She’s been a great mother figure to me even through our rough times.”

They added: “She’s taught me boundaries and how to manage myself. She’s treated me like her own child, and I see her like a mother because I love her a lot and I’m thankful for everything she’s done for me. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where I would be right now.”

Speaking of her six years of being a foster carer, Ms Carvey-White said: “It’s been a journey worth taking – having to facilitate young people who at times are unaware of their unique and beautiful attributes, because of their early years’ trauma. While it often feels like a steep hill to climb with lots of rolling downhill and starting again, seeing their transformation, whether small or big, makes it worthwhile.”

She added: “The team around the child plays a significant role – Ealing’s training is incomparable, and the clinical team are all phenomenal in ensuring we increase the life chances of children with developmental trauma. Thanks for the award. I’m still tearful.”

Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, cabinet member for a fairer start commented: “I am in constant awe of the unwavering commitment our foster carers display. This evening, we heard firsthand of the selflessness and dedication that our foster carers continue to demonstrate. We have been blessed with foster carers who have stood strong, providing care, support, commitment, and love to the children who need it most.”

“I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Tracey and all of our amazing foster carers for your compassion, resilience and for being the driving force behind positive change in the lives of Ealing’s children.”

As well as Ms Carvey-White being Foster Carer of the Year, other foster carers who have achieved 5, 10, 15, 20, and 35 years of service each received an award.

Ealing Council is also holding a fostering information event online on 4 December 2023 for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer.

More information is available through Ealing Fostering Connections on Freephone 0800 731 6550, email or click here.

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