WREXHAM Foster Carers were thanked for their commitment to looking after children and young people at an award ceremony.
The event was arranged to coincide with the National Foster Care Fortnight Campaign which highlighted the need for more foster carers across the UK.
A total of 20 families were presented with awards for the long term service they have provided as Foster Carers with Wrexham County Borough Council.
Eleven families received an award for five years' service: Del and Gary Aldous, Gordon Buck, Karl Leatherbarrow, Carole Edge, Sharon and John Leach, Lisa and Simon Meyers, Maryanne and Deryk Pritchard, Joanne and Steve Jones, Christine and Colin Salisbury, Del and Neil Underwood, and Gerry and Gaynor Roberts.
Two families were presented with awards for 15 years of service: Kay and Vincent Ryan, and Jen and Andrew Jones.
Elaine and Graeme Jones were given awards for 20 years of service and Bob and Edna Reynolds were awarded for 25 years of service.
A further five families were also recognised for retiring from fostering after long-term service: Hazel Phillips, Pat and Brian Jones, Denise Preece, Daphne and Brian Elliott, and Hilda Williams.
The families who received awards have a total of 204 years of fostering experience between them during which time they have given hope and support to more than 200 children and young people in Wrexham.
Wrexham council's family placement manager, Marie Howarth, said: 'It is incredible the hundreds of children who have been helped in their lives by these foster carers.
'Foster carers are so important to the future of our society. They look after children and young people in Wrexham and give them unconditional love and support, whatever their circumstances and troubles.
'I want to pay tribute to them all.'
Before presenting the long-service awards, Mike Edwards, Mayor of Wrexham, said: 'I
think the work they do is tremendously important and I admire them for what they do.'
Wrexham Family Placement Team is looking to recruit foster carers to provide long-term and short-term placements for children of all ages.
Foster Carers are particularly required for older children and teenagers.
Foster Carers are offered specific training, support packages and payments related to the number and ages of the children they care for. nIf you feel you have skills in understanding children and young people and have the ability to care for them, call the Family Placement Team for further information on 0800 7830618 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.