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Islington sisters recognised for services to foster care

PUBLISHED: 09:01 01 August 2011 | UPDATED: 09:18 01 August 2011

These angels of Islington have fostered five children from the same family. Left to right: Muserref Sari, Hulya Yilmaz and Derya Ozbas

These angels of Islington have fostered five children from the same family. Left to right: Muserref Sari, Hulya Yilmaz and Derya Ozbas

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Three big hearted sisters are among those who have been thanked for their service by Islington Council as it appeals for more foster carers.

Three big hearted sisters are among those who have been thanked for their service by Islington Council as it appeals for more foster carers.

A ceremony in Islington’s assembly hall to thank carers was attended by more than 100 people, including Turkish sisters Muserref Sari, Derya Ozbas and Hulya Yilmaz.

The eldest sister, Muserref Sari, became a foster carer over four years ago.

She said: “I foster because I love children. I have looked after babies and teenagers. My oldest is now at university. When the council reaches out to communities like ours, they can take advantage of the experience we have.”

Youngest sister Hulya Yilmaz explained how rewarding fostering can be: “Foster carers can be proud of themselves because they change lives in a positive way, whether they take a child for six months or 18 years.”

A council spokesperson said: “We’re committed to giving all local children an equal chance to fulfil their potential – foster carers play an essential role in that, with the difficult but important and rewarding job they do.”

Islington Council is now asking local residents if they have got what it takes to become a foster carer to help to stop local children being moved away from their friends and family.

If you think you could make a difference to a young life please contact Islington’s fostering service on freephone 0800 073 0428 or email fostering@islington.gov.uk.


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