Songs of Praise presenter in Welwyn Garden City for foster care campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:17 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:17 15 May 2013

TV presenter  Diane-Louise Jordan, centre, met foster carers in the Howard Centre

TV presenter Diane-Louise Jordan, centre, met foster carers in the Howard Centre

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A BBC TV presenter was in Welwyn Garden City this week to back a drive to recruit more foster carers.

Songs of Praise presenter, and former Blue Peter star Diane Louise Jordan visted the Howard Centre yesterday (Tuesday) to promote Foster Care Fortnight.

Herts County Council is hoping to attract at least 80 more households to help some of the area’s most deprived and neglected children.

Diane, who grew up in Hatfield, said: “No matter how well run a care home is, it can’t offer a child the personal, consistent warmth of a family.

“I personally feel extremely blessed to have known the constant love of a parent.

“In fact my parents, Harold and Norma, are the people who’ve inspired me most in my life because their steadfast, unconditional love has given me the self assurance and confidence to pursue and realise my dreams.

“I feel privileged to have been loved so well, and it’s my desire for every child to be loved well.

“So if you’re even thinking about fostering I encourage you to really consider it.

“Just ask any child in care (or any adult who’s been through the care system) and I’m sure they’ll tell you the thing they probably want most is to be part of a family.”

As well as Diane, the awareness drive, which runs until May 26, is also backed by Esther Rantzen, EastEnders star Kacey Ainsworth, Paralympian Martine Wright, author Jonathan Stroud and pop star Kim Wilde.

Lord Salsbury and the Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, have also voiced their support.

Children’s services director Jenny Coles said: “It is wonderful that so many celebrities with a connection to Hertfordshire, prominent people within our communities, and local businesses have decided to back our campaign.

It is all about finding local foster carers for local children as, for the vast majority of children and young people in care, it is so important that they are able to stay at their school and keep up their contact with friends.”

To find out more, call 0800 917 0925 or visit www.hertsdirect.org/fostering


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