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‘More foster carers needed in Bute and Cowal’

Argyll and Bute Councils fostering and adoption team: L-R Ashlee Halliday (Dunoon), Janice Frank (Helensburgh), Louise Long (Kilmory), Karon McCreadie (Helensburgh), Adah Lambie (Dunoon), Lucy-Anne Bonete and Tom Niccolls (both Helensburgh) at a Foster Carer Day in Inveraray earlier this month.

Argyll and Bute Councils fostering and adoption team: L-R Ashlee Halliday (Dunoon), Janice Frank (Helensburgh), Louise Long (Kilmory), Karon McCreadie (Helensburgh), Adah Lambie (Dunoon), Lucy-Anne Bonete and Tom Niccolls (both Helensburgh) at a Foster Carer Day in Inveraray earlier this month.

Argyll and Bute Council is looking for foster carers in Bute and Cowal who can look after a child or children while plans are made for their future.

When children for whatever reason cannot depend on their own family for care, it is often to foster carers they turn for the loving, stable home they desperately need. Foster carers can make such a crucial difference in the lives of young people struggling to make sense of and recover from difficult family experiences.

Carers come from all walks of life. If you have children’s interests at heart, are over 21 and would like to play a vital part in giving a kind and supportive upbringing to children whose young lives have been difficult, you could be a great foster carer.

Foster carers receive on-going support from the council’s care professionals to help ensure that fostering is a rewarding experience for both carer and young person. We look after our carers while they look after local children.

Fostering can be rewarding and challenging in helping a child through a period of unsettling change, and very satisfying in playing such an important part in that child’s development.

Veronica, who has worked as a local foster carer, explains what it’s like to look after a child in need.

She said: “Looking after someone else’s ‘hurt’ child, reassuring them of their own worth and enabling them to deal with their own pain is both demanding and rewarding.

“Realising that we don’t have the answers but that a comfortable rewarding environment will do for the time being is a great bit of self discovery. In short, fostering can create a safe place for a hurt human.”

New research from the Fostering Network says that Scots are more likely to foster compared to other parts of the UK. One third of us believe we could become foster carers, more than in any other part of the UK, according to the poll.

If you do decide to find out more about fostering, there’s an in depth introduction and assessment process which will help inform you about what is involved when looking after a child in foster care.

If you would like more information the council’s Family Placement Duty Worker will be happy to hear from you on 01546 605517 or email them on fpduty@argyll-bute.gov.uk. You can also find out more about fostering in Argyll and Bute at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/fostering

 

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