Donegal foster carers receive long service award
A foster carer couple from Letterkenny have been awarded a long service award in recognition of their commitment to working with foster children.
Eamon and Ellen McKinney received their award from Ireland's leading non-statutory foster care agency, Fostering First Ireland last week at a ceremony held in Donegal. Having joined FFI in 2005, the couple have since welcomed 12 foster children into their home.
Eamon commented: "I was very touched to receive this award from FFI which illustrates the level of commitment and appreciation the organisation has for its carers. Fostering is now part of our everyday lives and although it can be
challenging at times, the rewards outweigh all the hard work. To see these children smile and overcome so many emotional hurdles is what makes it so worthwhile."
FFI paid tribute to the enormous contribution the couple have made to the lives of so many foster children, particularly in dealing with teenagers who can often display challenging behaviour.
Even when faced with the toughest of challenges Eamon and Ellen maintain a positive attitude, unswerving in their dedication.
"Against adversity, the achievements of the foster children who have been looked after by Eamon and Ellen are a real credit to them. As a foster family with FFI they have the resilience and patience needed to cope with this demanding role and we are very proud that they continue to work with our organisation in providing truly first class foster care," said director at FFI, Miriam Uhlemann.