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Community Foster Care is proud to announce that Dame Janet Trotter is the charity’s new patron.
Dame Janet, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and former Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
She has always been a strong supporter of young people who face disadvantages and met many of Community Foster Care’s foster carers when she presented the charity’s annual awards in 2016.
“It is an honour to have been invited to become patron of Community Foster Care. All children need love and support as they grow up but there are many children locally who, for whatever reason, cannot live with their natural parents,” she said.
“Fostering takes special skills and qualities and I have been impressed by both the high quality care offered by the families who foster and also by the many young people who respond to a new family environment.
“I look forward as patron to contributing more regularly to this special organisation.”
Chair of Community Foster Care and its sister organisation, Community Family Care, Judge Charles Wade, said: “We are honoured to have Dame Janet as our patron. Her empathy and understanding, coupled with the depth of her experience in so many walks of life, make her support invaluable.
”Children end up in care through no fault of their own and face challenges which most of us can’t imagine. They need strong ambassadors to fight their corner every step of the way.”
The independent agency, based in Staunton, has been working with foster carers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire since 1999. It also provides carers for children in Lancashire and Cumbria.
It is a registered charity and not-for-profit company.
Its sister charity in Staunton, Community Family Care, provides support to families as well as children and young people in need of extra help.