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Foster families needed for rising number of children

Could you be a foster carer?

Could you be a foster carer?

With record numbers of children in care, the Council is urging Fifers to consider whether they have the skills to become a foster carer.

It’s hoping to raise awareness of the need to recruit more foster carers in Fife during Foster Care Fortnight (May 12-25).

The theme this year is ‘guess who fosters’, with the campaign aiming to bust myths about fostering and focusing on the skills and experience needed to provide a loving home for vulnerable children.

Councillor Bryan Poole, spokesman for education, children and families, said: “Every year a number of foster carers leave the service due to retirement or to pursue other avenues of work and so there is a constant need to recruit new foster carers.

“Together with a rise in the number of children coming into care, this means we are calling on the people of Fife to come forward and see if they can foster.

“There are many myths about who can become a foster carer, but what really matters is that someone has the commitment, skills and ability to look after children separated from their own families, and to offer them a stable and secure home.”

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, added: “We need people who can open their heart, and their homes, to vulnerable children and young people who need support in reaching their full potential.

“A good foster carer will believe in the ambition of the children in their care in the same way they’d believe in the ambition of their own family members. A childhood is too short to waste, and foster carers can help those who haven’t had the best start begin to enjoy their life and grow into the adults that they want to be.”

Anyone who would like more information about fostering should call 01383 602235 or go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/fosterforfife.

 

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