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Ian celebrates 25 years of fostering


New Routes fostering say congratulations to Ian Hamilton for 25 years of fostering.

Ian became a foster carer for New Routes fostering in May 1997. To begin with, he was approved as a single male carer but when he met his wife, Deana, she joined him and was approved in 2003.

When he was growing up, Ian’s parents fostered for Birmingham, so he saw from a young age the difference that fostering can make. This motivated him to want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people unable to live with their birth families for reasons beyond their control.

Ian’s first placement was twin brothers, who, to this day, continue to keep in touch with him, Deana and the wider family. He and Deana and fostered children and young people of different ages and with differing levels of need, including a group of four brothers and unaccompanied young asylum seekers separated from their parents. Each child and young person is welcomed into Ian and Deana’s extending family.

After 25 years of fostering, Ian remains passionate about caring for children and young people. He is particularly committed to keeping siblings together and working with birth families so that children can return home whenever possible.

To mark the occasion and thank him for his dedication, New Routes’ staff presented Ian with a certificate and voucher.

Nicola Winstanley, Deputy Manager of New Routes fostering, said: “Congratulations to Ian on a wonderful 25 years of fostering. Thank you from New Routes for all your commitment and dedication not only to the young people that you have cared for, but also to Father Hudson’s Care.”

Inspired by Ian's story? You too can make a difference to children and young people by becoming a foster carer with New Routes. 

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