Foster mum Rita is awarded MBE
Published on: 30 Jan 2017
FOSTER mum Rita Roblin has been granted an MBE in the New Year Honours list after 25 years of caring for children.
Rita and her husband Alan have taken in children of all ages at their home in Stapleton.
She said: “I’m completely blown away by this news. Being a foster carer has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Being able to have a positive influence on the life of a vulnerable young person and support them as they grow into young adults really fills me with a sense of joy. There’s no feeling like knowing you are providing a safe and loving home for a child that for whatever reason can’t have that with their parents.
“I hope this award can help inspire a new wave of people to step forward and express an interest in being foster carers. I would like to thank all those who have helped me along the way and shared this journey with me over the years.”
Rita is also heavily involved in recruiting foster carers. She is chair of the North Somerset fostering panel and vice chair of the South Gloucestershire panel.
South Gloucestershire Council leader, Councillor Matthew Riddle, said: “Our warmest congratulations go to Rita on this well-deserved achievement. It’s fantastic to see the invaluable role of foster carers honoured in this way.”
Foster carers are always in demand across Bristol and the wider region, especially as more children are coming into care.
If anyone is interested in becoming a foster carer they should contact their local council’s fostering team.