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June 14th, 2012 by Guernsey Foster Care

From left to right: Alicia, Amelia, and Nicole and Jon Bridel at the Durrell Conservation Park (click image to expand)

Amelia Bridel and her family enjoyed a day trip to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust as winner of a Guernsey Foster Care story writing competition.

Amelia Bridel, a year six pupil from Blanchelande College, won the competition during the 2011 campaign to help raise awareness of foster caring in Guernsey with the ultimate aim of recruiting more foster carers and residential carers.

Of over 100 competition entries, Miss Bridel’s story “We will always find love” was the winner.

The judges said that she had grasped the whole concept of foster caring and had also gone to the trouble of illustrating her story beautifully.

On Saturday 2 June 2012, Miss Bridel travelled to Jersey with her parents Nicole and Jon and older sister Alicia, courtesy of Aurigny Airlines, who had kindly donated four complimentary return flights to this cause.

The family had a memorable visit to Durrell.

Miss Bridel said “as I was walking through the Durrell park I realised how lucky I was to have a loving a caring family to share these experiences with and to look after me. I especially enjoyed the orangutans and the aye-aye.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for making my trip to Jersey an unforgettable memory and I’m glad that I have helped to spread the word of the importance of fostering in Guernsey.”

The Guernsey Foster Care campaign was launched in 17 October 2011 and ran for six weeks.  Sponsored by De Putron Fund Management, in just six weeks the foster care team received 36 enquiries from members of the public interested in becoming foster carers.

This vastly exceeded the average of five to six enquiries a month in 2010 and one to two per month in 2011.

Since then three couples have made applications to become foster carers and there are a number of others attending pre-approval training.

The Guernsey Foster Care team is hopeful they can meet their target of 10 new foster care families in the island.

Guernsey Foster Care has also been able to appoint seven additional residential carers which exceeds their target of three new permanent staff.

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