AN amazing mum from Hucknall, who has looked after nearly 150 vulnerable children and young people, has been recognised for her huge contribution to foster care.
Linda Sewter (62), who has been fostering for 32 years, has received a long-service award from the UK’s leading fostering agency, Foster Care Associates (FCA).
“I’m thrilled to receive this award from FCA,” said well-known Linda, who specialises in looking after youngsters with disabilities.
“Fostering is my life, I absolutely love the work I do with children and young people, and will continue to foster for as long as I am able.
“I began fostering after a lady came to my house to buy a set of curtains. She came with six children and went on to tell me how they were all in her care.
“We got chatting about fostering and I started to wonder if this was something I could do. That is how it all started and I have never looked back since.”
Working with FCA, Linda benefits from 24-hour support, ongoing training and carer forums, as well as input from therapists, educational officers and support staff.
“The support from FCA is fantastic,” said Linda.
“When my husband, Sam, sadly passed away in 2008, I was apprehensive about fostering on my own. But with the support from the Mansfield FCA team, I’ve continued to offer care to children from all walks of life.
“If you’re going to become a foster carer, you need to be patient and have a good sense of humour. It is challenging but it’s also so rewarding to see a child or young person in your care thrive and grow into a confident young person.
“If you’ve been thinking about fostering, then give FCA a call. You’ve got nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain.”
FCA area manager, Jo Kirk, presented Linda with her award.
She said: “Linda has demonstrated unswerving dedication to all the children and young people that have come into her care.
“Often, children who come into foster care feel like people have ‘given up’ on them. But Linda is a great example of a carer who never gives up on children and young people. She goes above and beyond what is expected from a foster carer.”