Doncaster Council’s Children Services team have praised fostering support worker, Elaine Hynes, who has retired following 41 years service.
Elaine, who originally worked in Youth Services and Residential Children’s Homes before switching to the fostering team, was honoured at a retirement party attended by colleagues past and present, foster carers and foster children.
Councillor Tony Corden, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Services to Families, said: “Elaine is held in extremely high regard by both the Council’s fostering team and foster carers from the Doncaster area. Over the years Elaine has been instrumental in organising social events for carers and their families, which are not only great for the children but also give the carers the opportunity to meet and support each other in an informal social setting.
“Elaine is a mainstay of the Fostering Team who describe her as nurturing, experienced, infallible and reliable. We wish Elaine an enjoyable retirement and it is testament to her commitment to the fostering team that she will be completing a number of projects she initiated on a voluntary basis over the next few months.”
Almost anyone can foster as long as you are over 21, have a spare room and the energy and enthusiasm to look after young children or teenagers. People who decide to foster through Doncaster Council will receive 24 hour support and generous allowances. Anyone who is interested in fostering can contact the team on freephone 0808 129 2600 or www.fosteringindoncaster.org