Award for big-hearted Dungannon foster carer Pauline Hanratty

Kathleen Toner, Director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland; Pauline Hanratty; and Una Carragher, Manager for the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service.
Kathleen Toner, Director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland; Pauline Hanratty; and Una Carragher, Manager for the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service.
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A Dungannon woman has been presented with an award for her “absolute commitment” to the children in her care.

Pauline Hanratty was awarded the Foster Carer of Distinction honour at the Foster Carer of the Year Awards in Belfast.

Pauline began her fostering journey as a kinship carer in 2011, initially for just one week. At that time she cared for a 14 year-old girl who is still living with her. She became a registered foster carer in 2014. Pauline was nominated by her Supervising Social Worker, Emer Keenan, who said: “Pauline absolutely commits to each child, juggling their individual and varied needs while providing a relaxing family home.”