Kids honoured for key role in Stoke-on-Trent fostering
THE biological children of some of Stoke-on-Trent's foster parents have been recognised for their own contribution to fostering.
A group of 25 sons and daughters were presented with certificates by Stoke-on-Trent City Council's fostering service at a Kids of Carers event on Saturday.
Children and their parents enjoyed an afternoon of activities, including swimming and party food, at Fenton Manor Leisure Centre, in Fenton.
Foster parent Mark Beech, aged 48, of Tunstall, who has welcomed 17 children into his family over the past five years, said: "I heard an advert for foster parents on the radio and after discussing it with my wife we decided to give it a go.
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"We spoke to our two boys first to tell them about what was happening and they were great with everything.
"It's not easy to ask a child to share their parents and their lives but ours do."
Twelve-year-old Jack said: "When we have someone new come in we make sure they know where everything is.
"We make some really good friends and we still see some of them now."
Brother Sam, aged 10, said: "The first thing we do is give them the tour of the house."
Social worker Jayne Knapper said: "The event celebrated the contribution children make towards fostering because without them, our foster parents couldn't do what they do."
The event was staged as part of a national campaign run by the Fostering Network.