27 families from across the borough who have devoted 170 years to fostering children were celebrated at the council's annual long service awards.
The event saw 23 families celebrated for 5 years' service, 2 for 10 years' service, one for 15 years and one for a staggering 20 years.
'They have all brought so much happiness and hope to our children and young people'
Councillor Donna Martin, cabinet member for children's services, paid special thanks to the work of foster carers: "It is so heart-warming that families dedicate so long to caring for the boroughs cared for children. It is a vital role and the council works hard to support them and thank them for their commitment. They have all brought so much happiness and hope to our children and young people."
They were given their awards by the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth, and Mayoress, Christine Duckworth at the celebration event at Heywood Civic Centre. The event was fun filled party occasion for all the family with lots of activities for children and a chance to meet other foster carers before the awards were given out.
Tracey Johnson, recruitment manager for the fostering service at Rochdale Council, gave her thanks to all the borough's carers: "We really enjoy putting on an event like this to recognise the hard work and dedication of our foster carers. We always need more people to step forward to be foster carers, but to see the length of time many are dedicating to it shows how rewarding the role is and how much people get out of it."
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