The event, held at Islington Council children’s services, saw The Duchess meet foster carers and care experienced young people for a private discussion about the issues that they feel are most pertinent in foster care today.
Following this, The Duchess attended a tea party with foster carers, the children in their care and care experienced young people – as well as social workers from Islington Council.
Zoe Witherington, a care experienced young person who co-hosted today’s event, said: “It is fantastic to have The Duchess come to learn more about fostering and the work of The Fostering Network. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my foster carers and so I am very happy that I had the chance to tell The Duchess directly what a difference they have made to my life.
“We presented The Duchess with a memory box today, one like I know so many children in foster care carry with them. It was full of stories and poems from young people in foster care, and the children of foster carers, and I hope that we managed to provide some more memories of fostering that she can carry with her.”
To find out whether you have the skills and commitment needed to become a foster carer, you can visit couldyoufoster.org.uk to find out more and to find a fostering service in your local area.
You can support our continuing work helping foster carers and children thrive by donating £5 to The Fostering Network: just text Care00 £5 to 70070.
You can also see some highlights from the day on our website.