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Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, Ealing’s cabinet member for a fairer start, Tracey Carvey-White, foster carer and Mayor of Ealing, councillor Hitesh Tailor

Ealing’s annual Foster Carers’ Awards

An Ealing teacher who has been fostering since 2017 has been named Ealing Council’s Foster Carer of the Year, at the borough’s annual foster carers’ awards ceremony.

At the event, held on Saturday 25 November, the audience were told how Tracey Carvey-White has looked after several children and was being recognised for consistently providing a nurturing home to the children in her care, while maintaining connections with the children’s birth family members.

The judges found that the open, honest, and playful approach to parenting that she adopts creates a supportive and nurturing environment for the children.

The fact that she collaborates effectively with the team around the child and establishes positive relationships with the children’s birth and extended family further highlights her understanding of the importance of a supportive network for the child’s overall well-being. Recognising and valuing these relationships is crucial in providing holistic care for children in foster care.

The judges noted that Tracey doesn’t shy away from challenges, but instead reflects on the impact of her role and asks the crucial question, “If I don’t look after this child, who will?”

Additionally, the lasting connections she maintains with the children, even after they have moved on from her care speaks volumes about the depth and sincerity of the bonds she forms. This not only demonstrates her impact on their lives but also showcases her enduring commitment to their wellbeing.

Above and beyond

Overall, the judges found that this foster carer goes above and beyond, embodying the qualities of a truly exceptional and dedicated caregiver and demonstrating a truly commendable level of commitment and responsibility.

The young person in Tracey’s care endorsed her recognition with this award. They said: “I think my carer should win the award because for the past 3 years I have been with her, I’ve been way happier and I’ve experienced a lot of things I never thought I would before. She’s been a great mother figure to me even through our rough times. She’s taught me boundaries and how to manage myself. She’s treated me like her own child, and I see her like a mother because I love her a lot and I’m thankful for everything she’s done for me. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where I would be right now.”

Talking about her experience of fostering, Tracey said: “It’s been a journey worth taking – having to facilitate young people who at times are unaware of their unique and beautiful attributes, because of their early years’ trauma. While it often feels like a steep hill to climb with lots of rolling downhill and starting again, seeing their transformation, whether small or big, makes it worthwhile. The team around the child plays a significant role – Ealing’s training is incomparable, and the clinical team are all phenomenal in ensuring we increase the life chances of children with developmental trauma. Thanks for the award. I’m still tearful.”

‘Selflessness and dedication’

Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, cabinet member for a fairer start said: “I am in constant awe of the unwavering commitment our foster carers display. This evening, we heard firsthand of the selflessness and dedication that our foster carers continue to demonstrate. We have been blessed with foster carers who have stood strong, providing care, support, commitment, and love to the children who need it most.”

“I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Tracey and all of our amazing foster carers for your compassion, resilience and for being the driving force behind positive change in the lives of Ealing’s children.”

The annual awards ceremony is held by the council to recognise and reward its foster carers for their hard work and commitment. This year’s event, which was held at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Ealing, was opened by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor and attended by more than 150 people. Carers were nominated by young people and social workers and the winner was chosen by a panel which included a young care leaver. Foster carers who have achieved 5, 10, 15, 20, and 35 years of service each received an award.

For further information about fostering, please contact Ealing Fostering Connections on Freephone 0800 731 6550, email fosteradopt@ealing.gov.uk or go to the website.

A fostering information session will be held online on Monday 4 December 2023, between 6.30-8pm. Find out more using the details above.

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