Couple honoured for fostering 18 children

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A couple who inspired others to foster children have received recognition for their years of caring.

Lynn and Norton Ready, of Corby, received an award for their five years of fostering at a celebratory event hosted by Foster Care Associates (FCA) Midlands.

The award recognises their hard work and commitment to children.

Mrs Ready, 50, who has provided a home to 18 children and young people in the past five years, said: “I love having a house full of children and have no regrets about fostering. It’s so rewarding to see the children in your care develop into happy young people who are able to achieve their goals and thrive. My youngest daughter, Georgie, still lives at home and acts as a role model to the children that come into care with us.

“We work together as a family to give the children we look after security, stability and a sense of belonging.”

The couple receive 24 hour support, training and carer forums through FCA to help support their fostering.

Mrs Ready added: “We have a really great relationship with our social worker and other foster carers.

“I would urge anyone to call FCA, both my brother and sister started fostering after seeing the satisfaction it brings me, and it could be the right career for so many other people too.”

Presenting the awards at a ceremony earlier this month Peter Battram, FCA area manager, congratulated the couple on their achievement.

Mr Battram said: “Lynn and Norton never give up on a child. The transformation in many of the children and young people they’ve cared for has been so positive.

“They work together as a family and meet the challenges of fostering children and young people with complex emotional needs with energy and enthusiasm.

“The Ready family work with unswerving commitment, and like all FCA foster carers, are patient, compassionate and resilient.”

The agency welcomes single, married, same sex and cohabiting couples from all ethnic backgrounds.