Enfield foster carers win national award

Kahina and Khaled praised for the difference they have made to children’s lives
Kahina and Khaled with their award from The Fostering Network

A couple from Enfield have won a national award recognising their “exceptional contribution” to foster care in the borough.

Kahina Hayouna-Ounoughi and Khaled Ounoughi were presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer’ award at The Fostering Network’s annual award ceremony at Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre.

The couple, who have three birth children, have been fostering with Enfield Council for the past five years and in this time have cared for seven children, including four siblings aged eight, eleven, 13 and 14.

Having looked after two of the four siblings initially, Kahina and Khaled decided to also welcome the other two children into their home, knowing the importance of keeping siblings together. Kahina said: “The siblings love each other and have a bond, which is needed to be kept so they aren’t strangers in later life. We were determined to do what we can to ensure the four children can grow up together and have a relationship with each other.”

Not only do Kahina and Khaled go above and beyond for the children in their care, they have also played a significant role in helping recruit more foster carers in their local area. Emphasising the importance of community and highlighting the need for more foster carers to come forward, Kahina said: “Neighbours and friends have become foster carers since we have. I’d encourage people to find out more and I’m always there to offer advice.

“Fostering has not only allowed us to change young people’s lives, but it’s changed us as people too. I was a shy person before but now I feel strong and confident when advocating for the children we care for.”

The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity and acts as an essential network for fostering, bringing together everyone who is involved in the lives of children in foster care, and The Fostering Excellence Awards are the UK’s most prestigious foster care awards celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in fostering.

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Abdul Abdullahi, cabinet member for children’s services at Enfield Council, said: “We were very proud to hear that Kahina and Khaled had been recognised at The Fostering Network Awards, for their continuing commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for foster children in their care in Enfield.

“I would like to send my warmest congratulations to the couple on their award and say a big thank you to them for their unwavering dedication to caring for vulnerable children in the borough.”

Across the UK, a further 9,300 foster families are needed in the next year to ensure all children in care can live with the right foster carers for them. Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: “Congratulations to Khaled and Kahina on winning their award.

“Every year it’s a privilege to hear the inspiring stories of those within the fostering community. We are delighted to shine a light on these incredible people, celebrate their achievements and show our appreciation for them. Our winners and everyone else involved in foster care should be extremely proud of themselves.

“Their contribution makes a vital difference to the lives of children and young people, and they are the bedrock of children’s social care. Thank you for all that you do.”

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