FOSTER carers in Halton were praised for their hard work and dedication helping vulnerable children during a special event this week.

Long-serving and new foster carers came together to receive special recognition and years of service awards during the Winter Wonderland-themed ceremony hosted by Mayor of Halton, Cllr Margaret Horabin.

Thanking the foster carers for their work, Cllr Horabin said: "I'm thrilled to spend the day with Halton's foster carers, to take the time to say thank you for their constant dedication to the children they open their doors to and care for every day.

"When I look around the room I see such positive, genuine people with the interests of local children at their core".

Liz Davenport, divisional manager for children in care and care leavers said: "Everyone here today will agree that becoming a foster carer for your local authority is truly rewarding.

"We want to make it convenient for people to come forward and help local children.

"Our aim is to work quickly and flexibly with people on their fostering journey.

"Our foster carers are doing such wonderful, continuous work looking after children and that is definitely something to celebrate".

A council spokesperson said: "Halton foster carers make a huge difference to the lives of local babies, children and young people in need of a safe, secure place to grow up.

"There are plenty of benefits, un-matched support and quality training to those wanting to become a foster carer with Halton Borough Council, we'd love to hear from people who want to join the fostering community."

To find out more about becoming a foster carer call 01925 444100, visit or come along to one of the foster carer Information Sessions at Castlefields Community Centre on Thursday, December 19 at 6pm.