A Merton couple were given the praise and recognition they deserve at an awards ceremony yesterday evening (Wednesday 24 October).
Hannah Ntow, a former nurse and Kojo Ntow, a London bus driver received the award for Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer at The Fostering Network awards in London. The couple, who have fostered in Merton for nine years, were recognised for the dedication and remarkable care that they have given to the many children placed with them over the years.
The awards, now in its fifth year, recognises people who make exceptional contributions to foster care, whether they are social workers, foster carers, or the children of fostering families.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s service, Kelly Braund said: “The role played by foster carers in our community is invaluable. I am very proud of Hannah and Kojo who have selflessly opened up their home to provided a secure, nurturing and loving environment to children who need it the most. Merton has some of the best foster carers in London, but we need more. If you think you could open your home to a child in need please get in touch.
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: ‘Hannah and Kojo are wonderful examples of sacrificial love. They are completely committed to the children in their care, even when that has a physical and emotional toll on them. Their faith is clearly important to them, as it is to many foster carers, and we need more people like them, from all faiths and none, to consider offering a loving, stable home to children and in particular to children with complex needs. We congratulate the Ntows on this thoroughly well-deserved award.’
Hannah and Kojo’s supervising social worker, Susan Harrisi, who nominated them said: ‘The Ntows have radically changed their lives for the little boy in their care, and have looked beyond his disabilities to care for the young child within.’
A spare bedroom, patience, resilience and the ability to communicate and inspire children to form part of what’s needed to be a foster carer. More information on fostering is on the council’s website. For more information about fostering a child call: 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org