Pearl and Bruno Mancini are just two of Hounslow's many foster carers whose hard work was recognised at a recent awards ceremony.
The couple have welcomed more than 20 youngsters into their home since being approved as carers in 1998.
Cllr Linda Davis, who presented the inspirational duo with their award at Hounslow's Civic Centre last month, said they were hugely popular with all their foster children, many of whom remained in touch years after moving on.
"Pearl and Bruno have continuously provided a very high standard of care and are consistently demonstrating their ability to engage and work well with children and young people," she added. "They are highly regarded by the department and their contribution to the lives of those young people they have cared for is hugely appreciated."
Also among those honoured were Nora and Dean Morris, who first volunteered 25 years ago after watching young refugees flee Vietnam on the news.
The couple have gone on to care for more than 50 youngsters, describing their work as an 'interesting and incredibly fulfilling journey'.
"Our own children have benefited from an understanding of people's lives outside their own, and they've made a lot of friends and had a lot of extra brothers and sisters over the years," said Dean.
Hounslow has more than 330 children in care. To find out more about fostering, call 0800 731 8558 or email: email@example.com