Barnsley foster carers win national fostering accolade

Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice, who foster for Barnsley Council, have won a prestigious UK fostering award.

The couple, who have been foster carers in Barnsley for over a decade, were awarded the President’s Award at The Fostering Network’s annual Fostering Excellence Awards for their outstanding contribution to foster care.

Paul and Michael have fostered with Barnsley Council for over 12 years, providing a loving home for children. The couple are parents to two sets of twins and they are foster carers.

Not only are the couple brilliant foster carers, but they are also advocates for fostering, LGBTQ+ rights and disability equality. The family focus on breaking down boundaries on disabilities and promoting equal rights to improve the lives of children and adults living with disabilities and additional needs.  

Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said “Congratulations to Paul and Michael for winning this well-deserved reward. 

“They are a credit to themselves and the fostering team at Barnsley Council. It is inspiring to see two people achieve so much while giving back to the next generation.  

“It’s an honour to be able to celebrate this alongside all their other achievements and raise awareness of all they do for the fostering and LGBTQ+ communities.” 

If Paul and Michael’s story has inspired you and you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please visit the fostering website or call 01226 775876. Remember, we welcome foster carers from all backgrounds and circumstances. Anyone can be a great foster carer; people’s personal qualities make them a great foster carer – not their gender, relationship status or sexual orientation. 

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