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Celebrations and achievements 3

Another installment of our celebrations and achievements to start this week with a smile;

* all names changed for anonymity.

* A huge well done to Noel for saying sorry for the first time this week. Even more wonderful to hear, was that you laughed out loud (another first) when, during the afternoon heat, your Foster Mum cheekily sprayed you with the garden hose fully dressed! We are so glad that you’re having fun.

* It's also great to hear how much you are enjoying the new clothes that your foster family have bought you Joshua. They are so pleased to see how much you love wearing them and the pride that you have been taking in your appearance including spending time making your hair look nice. They are thrilled to see the self-confidence that this has given you.

* Well done to Seb for being very well behaved the past week. Your foster Mum said you’ve been really helpful AND kept your bedroom clean and tidy too, fantastic!

* It looks like zip wires have been the activity of the week and we’ve had lots of reports about young people overcoming their fears and trying something new;

* Firstly, well done to Jake for completing the Adventure+ course at Go Ape! We heard how quickly you got over your initial nerves and that you ended up shooting around the course and loved the zip wires - very brave!

* Well done to Skye for going on a large zip wire on holiday. Your foster parents said how brave and confident you were, despite never having done this before and being a bit unsure. Also well done for learning how to iron your clothes, we were very impressed to hear about this new independence skill that you have mastered.

* Well done to Shay who did ”absolutely brilliantly” completing Go Ape! for the first time. We heard that you climbed tree ladders and walked on obstacles in the trees that were so high that they even scared your Foster Mum just watching! You worked through your nerves and pushed yourself and kept going and smashed it, particularly enjoying the zip wires. You have made your Foster Parents very proud and they hope you are proud of yourself too.

* It’s always lovely to see true friendships blossom between our foster families. Foster Mum Emma has been a huge support to her colleague Claire who has broken her wrist. Emma has been driving Claire and Claire’s foster family to and from appointments and supporting her in her fostering role. What a helpful, generous friend Emma and we wish you a speedy recovery Claire.

* Finally, excellent feedback was received this week about the Strouds, whose foster daughters social worker has said that she is “over the moon” with the nurture, warmth and love that you are providing for Grace. She said that she has observed how comfortable Grace is to express her emotions and that she has developed so much in her maturity and understanding of herself. This is a result of you taking the time to talk in a calm way and use positive reflection techniques to relieve any anxiety that Grace feels. She could never have imagined such a positive family for Grace to be part of in her preparation for adulthood. We are thrilled that you will be offering her stability and belonging through a permanency arrangement. Most importantly, Grace has told her social worker that she loves living with you both.

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