Call to recognise commitment of foster carers in pandemic

Around 4000 foster families in Scotland look after nearly 5000 children and young people.

A leading fostering charity is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the “unwavering commitment” of more than 4000 foster families in Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fostering Network is using this year’s Foster Care Fortnight to highlight the dedication and work of foster carers and call for more people to come forward to foster.

Every year hundreds more foster carers are needed across Scotland to give homes to nearly 5000 children and young people.

The charity’s campaign to raise the profile of foster carers is the largest of its kind in the UK and runs from May 11 to 24.

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Sara Lurie, director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, said: “Foster care transforms the lives of children and young people and it transforms the lives of foster carers and their families.

“Foster carers help children and young people flourish, to hold their heads up high and be proud of who they are.

“Foster carers are part of a team, providing opportunities to ensure every child has the chance to chase their dreams.

“Foster Care Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the unwavering commitment of foster carers and the transformational difference that they make to the lives of so many of Scotland’s children.”

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She added: “If you would like to know more about fostering, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local fostering service.

“They will be happy to discuss what fostering involves, and explain how you, too can become a foster carer.”