Could you help make a difference to a child or young person’s life? East Dunbartonshire Council want to hear from you as it embarks on a recruitment drive for foster carers.

The Council’s ‘People like you Fostercare’ campaign, which successfully ran throughout last year, is being relaunched in May with the message being displayed on posters, social media and in local newspapers across the area.

With approximately 40 children and young people coming into care each year in East Dunbartonshire, the Council needs to attract more foster carers to come forward and help make a difference to a child or young person’s life.

The Council is looking for people interested in fostering and would welcome enquiries from individuals or couples of all cultures and backgrounds. Almost anyone can apply, but potential foster carers must have a spare room.

Children and young people need foster care for a variety of reasons when they are not able to remain at home in the care of their birth families. Foster carers can provide care in emergencies, for just a few days, a weekend or longer periods. For the vast majority of children in East Dunbartonshire, a foster home can provide the stability and support needed to secure a better future.

After you become a carer you will receive regular support by your own Supervising Social Worker. There will also be the opportunity to be involved in training and support groups, which are valued by the current foster carer group.

You will also receive information, advice and support from the child’s own social worker, along with access to support from specialists to advise and support on how best to respond to a child or young person’s individual needs. Both a fee and allowance will be paid to you to cover the cost of caring.

For further information please contact the Council on 0300 123 4510 and ask to speak to the Care Planning and Placement Team, who will be happy to discuss Foster Care in further detail with you. Alternatively email CPPT.socialwork@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/fostercare

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