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You just haven't met me yet – Council launch fostering and adoption campaign

Posted on 3 Feb 2020

This week, the Council is launching a campaign which aims to encourage local people to consider becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent to a child in North Ayrshire.

As part of the campaign one of our looked after child Chris, age 6, designed a new colourful logo for the Family Placement Team. The logo will appear on outdoor adverts as well as being rolled out across our social media channels with the hashtag #youjusthaventmetmeyet.

Chris, explained his picture: “That’s ‘M’ (foster carer) standing in a love heart door because she had a lot of love to give me as soon as we met and I am standing next to ‘J’ (male carer) cos I’m his wing man and he is mine. The sun is shining cos I am happy here with M and J”

Adopters and foster carers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are looking for people have a desire to better the life of a child that can no longer be cared for by their family we are looking for people who have time, empathy and flexibility. To be eligible you must be over 21, you can be single or in a relationship (for more than two years).

The children range in age and can be sibling groups of individuals.

Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at North Ayrshire Council, said: “Children who come to the Family Placement Team do so because their birth families are unable to care for them. What unites them is that they need you and they need to grow up in a loving, safe and secure environment.

“Becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent can make a hugely positive difference to a child life. It is also very rewarding experience for our foster carers and adoptive parents. If you think you have what it takes to care for a child and become a foster parent, please contact the Family Placement Team and make a difference to a young person’s life.

“I would encourage everyone to help raise awareness of the campaign by sharing the hashtag #youjusthaventmetmeyet on social media.”

North Ayrshire Adoptive parent said: “People say what a lucky wee boy our adopted son is but we are so lucky to have him in our family. We would do it all again in a heartbeat and would say to people don’t just think it, pick up the phone or send an email today. There are children who need you, you just haven’t met them yet.”

For more information contact the Family Placement Team on 01294 310300 or follow us on Twitter @NA_FosterAdopt or search for NorthAyrshireFosterAdopt on Instagram and Facebook.