Dorset's children in care and their foster families have been celebrated at the 2019 Star Awards.
The Star Awards are hosted by Dorset Council to celebrate the achievements of foster families and the children they look after. The awards also recognise the accomplishments of young people who are leaving care. A record number of over 300 young people, their guests and foster carers attended the joyous ceremony on Sunday 6 October. More than 120 certificates were presented.
Members of the audience were treated to inspirational speeches and astonishing displays of musical talent from children and young people who have come through Dorset's care service.
Awards were given to children who have coped with significant changes in their personal circumstances, youngsters who have achieved qualification success and birth children who have welcomed foster children into their families.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dorset Council's portfolio holder for Children, Education and Early Help, Cllr Andrew Parry said: "The Star Awards are just totally awesome because throughout the year such amazing things go on for both these young people and their carers. "It's about taking that little day out once a year just to celebrate and to see what's really great about the culture here in Dorset for looked after children – it's fabulous, I love it to bits."
Previously known as Dorset's Children in Care Awards, the Star Awards are now in their fifth year and continue to go from strength to strength.
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Pictured: Cllr Andrew Parry (far left) and Executive Director for Children Sarah Parker (far right) with long serving carers Barbara and Paul Mayes and Jackie and Mike Harding. Between them they have clocked-up 40 years of long service.