Kind-hearted Hillingdon people who have provided a loving home to a young people who are unable to live with their birth families were presented with awards.
Hillingdon Council recognised 10 people with 'long service' awards at their annual foster carers' gala.
Merlin Joseph, Director of Children and Young People’s Services, said: "Foster carers play a valuable role in our community and this is our chance to recognise the difference they make to the lives of the children and young people they welcome into their home.
“Fostering can be a challenging but rewarding experience so taking the time to show that the council appreciates, and remains committed to supporting them, is important to us."
Hillingdon Foster Carer, Hyacinth, received a long service award celebrating 20 years of supporting children and young people in the borough.
"Fostering is like planting a seed, you keep watering it and nurturing it and eventually it grows and turns into a beautiful flower," said said.
"Fostering is challenging and can be hard work, but the rewards come through when you see the young person grow and achieve. It's definitely worth it."
The council offers 24-hour support, training and an allowance starting at £334 per week to people who will offer a loving home to children and teenagers in their care.
The council is calling for more prospective carers to come forward, particularly those from black and Asian communities, and people able to foster teenagers and sibling groups.
Homes are needed for children of all ages and backgrounds with some having special, additional or complex needs.
To find out more about fostering visit http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/fostering