A SUNDERLAND foster couple have retired – after providing a home for more than 100 children.
Marie and Phil Mould began their fostering careers in 1980 for Catholic Care. They became foster carers for Sunderland City Council eight years later where they have stayed for the past 25 years.
Over those years, along with raising their own family, they have opened up their home to more than 100 fostered children, helping each one move back to family members or onto an adoptive family.
The caring couple were rewarded for their work when they were invited into the civic centre for a presentation ceremony of flowers and commemorative glassware.
Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children’s services, said: “Marie remembers her first placement from us well. A little boy who went on to be adopted by another family and is now a 25 year old electrician who still sends a Christmas card every year.
“It is because of carers such as Marie and Phil that children’s services are able to provide loving and safe environments to the ‘Looked After’ population.
“Without foster carers we would not be able to protect some of society’s most vulnerable children.”
Over the last four decades of providing a home for children in need of care, Marie and Phil have also raised five children of their own and have six grandchildren, with another two on their way.
Marie said: “I am very proud of the career we’ve had in fostering. There’ve been some sad times but we’ve also had a laugh along the way. It’s great when the children keep in touch – some are even sending us photos of their own children.”
Marie is still going to help out with training for adoptive parents and will sit on the panel to approve foster carers.
Sunderland City Council currently has 262 foster carers providing a family home to 554 children. For more information on becoming an adoptive or foster parent contact Sunderland City Council on 0191 520 5553 or visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/icare.
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