Local fostering couple retire after 24 years

Retirees Sheena and Allan Thomson with Mark Armstrong of Angus Council and Eunice McLennan, Area Manager for Children, Families and Justice.

A local couple have retired from fostering after 24 years.

Sheena and Allan Thomson, from Carnoustie, said the experience had been hugely rewarding.

Many of the children they have looked after still keep in touch with the couple and are regular visitors to their home. They even babysit for one of their grown-up foster children who now has her own family.

The impact the couple have had was recognised at the Angus Council fostering and adoption team’s annual Christmas lunch at Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

More than 50 foster carers were in attendance at the event, which was held as a thank you for the support foster carers in Angus offer local children.

The Thomsons, who have two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, started fostering after their own children left home.

Eunice McLennan, area manager for children services at Angus Council, said: “Sheena and Alan have had a hugely positive impact on the lives of many children and young people in Angus since they first started fostering in 1993.

“They will be sorely missed by the team at Angus Council and the wider fostering community and we wish them all the very best for their very well-deserved retirement.”