Appeal for foster carers to bring children back to Angus
As Foster Care Fortnight gets underway (10 to 23 May), Angus Council is appealing for local residents interested in helping vulnerable children and young people to come forward to find out more about fostering to make sure local children stay in Angus.
The council currently has eight children living with families out with Angus who can’t live locally due to not having enough foster carers.
Kathryn Lindsay, Director of Children, Families and Justice and Chief Social Work Officer said: “We’ve children in care who aren’t living in Angus due to a shortage of foster carers. With more foster carers we would be able to make sure these children get the chance to stay in Angus, meaning they can stay with the communities they know, can stay at their current school and keep friendships they’ve built – such important things for children.”
“Every child deserves love, support and stability in their lives but for some, through no fault of their own they don’t get this. If you could give a child the help they need and a family life that they might not have experienced before, then please get in touch with our team.”
Susan Smith who works at a local school in Angus explains why her family decided to foster: “Fostering had been something myself and my husband had spoken about for a while. Our grown-up children were leaving home for university and our home appeared too quiet. We missed having children around. We’ve looked after six children so far and recently had two children staying for the Easter holidays. We enjoyed walks to the park and playing football in the garden.”
Asked what she would say to other people thinking about fostering, Susan said “Go for it. There is no pressure. You will get so much out of it.”
Foster carers through Angus Council receive an allowance to support the cost of looking after a child and get training and support to help them develop the skills they need to make sure they can meet the needs of the children in their care.
The council is holding information sessions throughout the day on Wednesday 19 May at Bruce House, Arbroath and online sessions on Thursday 20 May at 1pm and 6pm for people to find out more about fostering and to ask any questions. Booking is essential.
If you think you have what it takes to become a foster carer and change the lives of children in Angus, find out more about the events and how to book a place at www.angus.gov.uk/fosteringandadoption or contact the team on 01241 464646.