|Children’s Minister Maree Todd has called for more people to consider fostering during Foster Care Fortnight.
The Fostering Network believe that an additional 580 new foster families will be needed in Scotland in 2019. Ms Todd has written to thank 4,000 foster families across Scotland who are currently looking after a total of 5,158 children.
Ms Todd said: “Foster carers open up their homes to some of our most vulnerable children and young people. It is an unbelievable 24/7 commitment that transforms lives and changes futures, and is one that I find truly humbling.
“As we celebrate this year’s Foster Care Fortnight, I know that ongoing challenges remain, not least in finding new foster families. Encouraging dedicated and energetic people to become foster carers is on many of our minds. It is thanks to the hard work and passion of people across the sector, including that of the Fostering Network, that it is possible for children to find a loving home.
“I would encourage anyone considering becoming a foster carer to get in touch with their local authority to find out more.”
Sara Lurie, Director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, said: “Sadly for some children and young people, their parents and extended family are unable to take care of them for any number of reasons. For many of them foster carers will step in to look after them. This could be for just a short time – a few days – or their whole childhood. Regardless of the time, the love and support offered by foster carers across Scotland can change these children’s futures.
“Foster carers open their hearts and homes and on any given day in Scotland there are more than 5,000 children living with foster families, sharing experiences, making memories and thriving.
“Along with fostering services across Scotland, we are calling on people who think they have the right qualities, skills and experience to change a child’s future to come forward to foster. Why not find out more about fostering this Foster Care Fortnight?”
For more information please visit The Fostering Network.