Forest Gate mum gets award for 15 years of fostering

Marcelle Ibbetson, Regional Manager; Maria Manuela; Iain Anderson, CEO.

Marcelle Ibbetson, Regional Manager; Maria Manuela; Iain Anderson, CEO. - Credit: Archant

A “dedicated” foster mum has been given an award for changing the lives of 13 children.

Maria Manuela, from Forest Gate, has been looking after vulnerable or abandoned children for 15 years and her hard work was recognised at a ceremony hosted by the National Fostering Agency (NFA) for its annual Presentation of Long Service Awards.

Maria said: “I have fostered 13 children so far in my fostering career.

“Two of these have graduated from university and two are still studying at university.

“Most of my former foster children are now married with families of their own - in fact, they recently they got together with my birth children to organise my birthday party.”

Iain Anderson, CEO of the NFA, said “Maria has made a difference to many children and young people at a time when they needed it most, and we were pleased to be able to celebrate her dedication with this award.”

To be a foster carer, visit www.nfa.co.uk or call 0845 200 4040.

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