Caring Houghton Regis boy, 12, shows fostering is a family affair

Stephan Clarke, second left, with his Son and Daughter Award
Stephan Clarke, second left, with his Son and Daughter Award
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A Houghton Regis boy has been recognised by a national charity for his important role as part of a fostering family.

Stephan Clarke, 12, received a Sons and Daughters Award from The Fostering Network for his efforts over the past 12 months.

He was honoured as part of the charity’s Fostering Excellence Awards, which celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in foster care.

Stephan attended a presentation event at Central Bedfordshire Council to receive his certificate.

He said: “The award is great and it shows how you are helping other children who don’t have what you have. I enjoy having other children around and I like sharing my games and becoming friends.”

Presenting the award, Sue Harrison, director of children’s services at Central Beds Council, said: “Fostering truly is a family affair and the sons and daughters of foster carers make such a valuable contribution to making sure foster children feel welcome and included as part of a family setting. “It is such an honour to meet and reward such lovely young people and inspiring to know that they have made such a positive difference to other children’s lives who may not have had the best start.”

Do you think you could be a foster carer and make a huge difference to young people’s lives? Call 0300 300 8181 to find our more or visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering