Slough foster mum became birthing partner to 15-year-old

A Slough foster carer who helped a 15-year-old girl get through her pregnancy has been recognised nationally for her work.

Karen Embury and her husband Scott have fostered many children over the last 16 years and have often helped out by opening up their home to children with next to no notice, while taking in sibling groups.

Perhaps Karen’s biggest challenge was when she and Scott fostered a 15-year-old who was three months pregnant. Karen supported and guided her through the pregnancy, keeping her calm and helping her to feel loved and secure. She even became her birthing partner and was with her when she welcomed a new baby girl into the world.

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Karen was shortlisted in the ‘outstanding contribution to foster care’ category at the Foster Carer Excellence Awards run by national charity The Fostering Network.

She said: “I feel humbled that I have been recognised for this award.

“I am surrounded by phenomenal carers, all of whom change their lives to accommodate they children they looked after. All I can do is say thanks for the award and accept the nomination on behalf of all of us.”

Saima Arif who manages the Independent Fostering Agency at Slough said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Karen to be recognised at a national level for her outstanding contribution to fostering.

“Over the years she has demonstrated a selfless commitment to the children in her care and we are privileged to have her in our team.”

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Karen has also supported the office by sharing her experience at recruitment events and training and by sitting on panels. She is currently an active member of Slough’s Fostering Association and often takes the lead in organising days out for fostering households.

Anyone interested in finding our more about fostering should contact Slough Children’s Services Trust by texting FOSTER to 60066 or by visiting

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