What a year 2020 has been, and dare I say it, so far!
The year has indeed bought many challenges and changes, and reminding us what is most important in life, well, for me it has anyway.
For me, it is a time for some very mixed emotions, and while I am looking forward to some more time with my young family, I will certainly miss hearing the stories, the odd e-mail from a carer providing me with an update and most of all seeing your faces at any one of the LCC events.
For the time being the responsibilities of my role will be shared between the Leadership Team and Karen Harvey who joined the organisation at the beginning of the month as Executive Manager Specialist Services. Jess Wagner has enthusiastically agreed to continue supporting and working with the Carer Reference Group. At our recent meeting I raised with the CRG a proposal to continue with the current representative group and look at opening nominations in February, this has been agreed to by the CRG. The reason I have proposed this to the group is due to the fact that there will be an interim period until the a new appointment, and it has been quite a tumultuous few months with COVID. At present the CRG continue to meet monthly, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jess if you have any queries, or reach out to one of the CRG members.
I would like to also thank all the carers who have reached out to wish me well in this new chapter of life and as someone has already pointed out, I’ve come back once before, don’t rule it out a second time! The Foster Care Program at LCC holds a very special place in my heart, and not really because I was here from the beginning, but because of the carers I’ve had the privilege to journey with along the way. LCC is very fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated group of Foster Carers, and you have kept us accountable in providing the exceptional support you’ve come to expect and you remind us daily of why we are here and why we work in this sector. For me, that reminder has been to see better outcomes for children who need to be in care and support to families to cope with the inevitable challenges that foster care brings. As I leave my current role, I take with me the inspiration you have provided to strive to see a better system for children and families.
As my parting words I will say this “May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord shine is face upon you and be gracious to you, And may the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” and as they say in France, au reviour, which is not really goodbye, it is, until we meet again.