Corby couple hope to inspire more foster carers

Ian and Linda Greener of Corby

Ian and Linda Greener of Corby

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Two foster carers recognised in the New Year’s Honours are hoping to inspire others wanting to make a difference to a child’s life.

Ian and Linda Greener of Corby were both made MBEs in the latest round of honours for their 20 years of fostering, during which time they have fostered more than 100 young people.

Julie Melck, fostering services manager in Northamptonshire for Foster Care Associates (FCA), said: “We are immensely proud of the incredible work done by our foster carers, and to see Ian and Linda’s dedication to the children and young people they have looked after recognised in this way is wonderful.

“Foster carers are often the unsung heroes of children’s services, but the work they do can make a profound and positive difference to the lives of children in their care.

“We hope that this prestigious honour will help to inspire potential future carers in Northamptonshire to consider this rewarding and life-changing career.”

Linda said: “I have the best job in the world and this recognition is just the icing on the cake for myself and Ian.

“We’ve had the opportunity to make positive differences to dozens of young people in our care by providing opportunities and encouragement to give them confidence and grow.”

Recent Department of Education figures show there are more than 835 children in local authority care in the county. Anyone interested in fostering can attend a coffee morning organised by FCA at Woodnewton School in Corby on Thursday, January 29, from 11am until 2pm.

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