Birmingham Foster Carers recognised for their extraordinary commitment to children and young people

Foster Carers Samina and Javaid smile into the camera, they are holding up their Foster Carer of the Year Award trophy Published: 24th Dec 2021

Foster Carers Samina and Javaid have been awarded Birmingham Children’s Trust’s Foster Carers of the Year Award for their dedication to vulnerable children and young people in Birmingham. 

Samina and Javaid began fostering for Birmingham Children’s Trust nine and a half years ago. Since then they have cared for children of all ages and from all backgrounds. Together the couple have supported children through some of the hardest moments of their young lives, helping them return to their birth families or successfully adapt to their new adoptive families.

Samina and Javaid have dedicated their time to caring for every child or young person they have welcomed into their home. Several of the young people has continued living with the couple over the age of 18 when fostering arrangements often end. They have also cared for unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people. These young people who had no family and no support in this country and who were often scared and confused. The couple have even financially supported young people, out of their own pocket, to pay for appeals when they have not been given the right to remain in the U.K. Together with their own children the couple have embraced these young people into their homes, helped them to feel safe and worked hard to help them to move towards independence and building their own life.

Tracy Collins, Head of Service Fostering at Birmingham Children’s Trust said “I am delighted that Samina and Javaid have been recognised by this award. They always go above and beyond for our children and provide exemplary standards of care.

“They work in partnership with all professionals , adopters and  birth family members to make sure that every child they care for is supported to reach their full potential.”

Many of the children Samina and Javaid have cared for over the years are now young adults. Nonetheless some young people continue to be regular visitors of the household and view Samina and Javaid as their family.

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Being a Foster Carer is a unique opportunity to make a real difference to the lives to vulnerable children and young people.

Birmingham Children’s Trust foster carer Sandra explains what fostering has mean tot her, “I don’t like to call fostering a job because it’s so much more than that. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

“It can be hard too, but the Trust always supported me when I needed it. They taught me how to manage challenging behaviour and my social worker was always on hand if I needed her.”

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