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Could you become a foster carer in North Ayrshire?

Posted on 15 May 2018

Would-be foster carers are being urged to open their hearts and their homes to a young child in need.

Across North Ayrshire, new carers are needed to offer care and support to children and young people, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of a fostering placement.

And during Foster Care Fortnight - which runs until May 27 – it’s hoped that those people who may have thought about becoming a foster carer will take the first step.

Becoming a foster carer will make an incredible difference to a young boy or girl in need of a caring and stable home.

North Ayrshire is always seeking new foster carers – and many people don’t realise they may be able to offer a loving home to a child in need.

Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We want to ensure our children can find happiness with foster carers in a nurturing, loving and caring environment.

“For that to happen, we need to welcome more foster carers and we are removing the barriers that are currently stopping them.

“We welcome enquiries from a broad range of applicants, including single people, couples and people from all walks of life. You really can make a huge difference to a young person’s life.

“People who foster and adopt through North Ayrshire Council have the chance to give those children who are unable to live with their own families the care and support they deserve.”

North Ayrshire needs local carers for North Ayrshire children. Other councils and agencies may advertise in this area but the children they are recruiting for do not reside locally – that’s why North Ayrshire is looking for local foster carers for our local children.

Finding sufficient numbers of the right carers is always a challenge faced by fostering services although carers in North Ayrshire are paid amongst the best fees and allowances in Scotland as their work is recognised as a skilled and demanding role.

Children come into care for a wide range of reasons and remain in care for a few days, months or sometimes longer. Some children return to the care of their families but for others moving on to adoption or remaining in permanent foster care is the final outcome. Foster homes which can care for a sibling group or children with more complex needs are particularly in demand.

If you want more information, call 01294 311 505 or email adfos@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or go to the foster caring section at www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/adfos

The Family Placement Team will also be holding an open evening on Tuesday, June 5, at its offices at 47 West Road, Irvine, KA12 8RE, from 7pm-9pm. Potential carers can drop in and chat to staff. It is an ideal opportunity to find out more with no pressure or obligation.