Ministers thank foster carers in open letter

Minister for children Vicky Ford UK
Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families
"A letter to foster carers" - 12 May 2020

UK Ministers Thank Foster Carers During Covid Pandemic

In an open letter to foster carers nationwide published 12th May 2020, Ministers say thank you.

Written by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Vicky Ford and the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, the letter expresses the Government’s gratitude for foster carers’ continued support of vulnerable children.

“Your role as foster carers is a service that is unrivalled in our society: you open your homes and your hearts to children and young people and create the warm and caring home environment that they need and deserve.”

The letter goes on to acknowledge the challenge of being a foster carer in the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of concerns raised, the Government is asking schools to remain open for foster children who will benefit from the structure and support that school can offer.

Foster carers are offered special access to PPE and are given prioritised access to COVID-19 testing.  MP’s also urge foster carers who are looking after young people approaching 18, who would normally be leaving care, to speak with their Local Authority and work out what provision of care they can continue to offer. In this unprecedented time, it is important to continue to provide stability for young people.

We are immensely grateful to all foster carers for their ongoing commitment and dedication to ensure the wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.

Ministers also thank children and young people for their resilience, flexibility and positivity in tackling the pandemic.

You can read and download a copy of the open letter here.

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