Adop­tion fig­ures on the in­crease

More homes open their doors to vul­ner­a­ble kids

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

An in­creas­ing num­ber of South La­nark­shire res­i­dents are open­ing their homes to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and young peo­ple by pro­vid­ing foster care.

In 2014 to 2015, 92 house­holds of­fered tem­po­rary and per­ma­nent foster care – four more than the pre­vi­ous year.

Twelve peo­ple in the area are reg­is­tered respite car­ers.

In the cur­rent year, 143 chil­dren and young peo­ple in South La­nark­shire were in tem­po­rary care, com­pared to 148 the pre­vi­ous year, with 37 in per­ma­nent care – five fewer than in 2013-2014.

Fif­teen chil­dren and young peo­ple were re­ceiv­ing respite care in the cur­rent year, with 11 in shared care and 16 in pread­op­tive care.

The fig­ures were re­vealed in a South La­nark­shire Coun­cil so­cial work ser­vices re­port on fos­ter­ing and adop­tion.

The re­port high­lights that there have been a num­ber of place­ments that have ended in an un­planned way, with a num­ber of chil­dren mainly aged be­tween seven and 10 hav­ing three or four place­ments. These chil­dren have strug­gled to cope with be­ing in a fam­ily set­ting.

A plan ex­ists to move 26 chil­dren who are in tem­po­rary foster care into per­ma­nent care. A plan is also in place for mov­ing 29 chil­dren into adop­tion – five more than the pre­vi­ous year.

Over the past year, 11 new fos­ter­ing house­holds were ap­proved and three respite car­ers were ap­proved, along with seven sup­port car­ers.

So­cial work han­dled 101 en­quiries from prospec­tive car­ers, 50 ini­tial in­ter­views were un­der­taken and two prepara­tory groups were held.

On-go­ing train­ing is of­fered to all foster car­ers to sup­port them in fur­ther de­vel­op­ing their skills and knowl­edge.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor ( so­cial work re­sources) Har r y Steven­son re­vealed that this year, 22 chil­dren were reg­is­tered for adop­tion, com­pared to 24 the pre­vi­ous year.

The team con­tin­ues to pro­vide a range of adop­tion sup­port for fam­i­lies and chil­dren, in­clud­ing to sup­port groups for adults and a pi­lot group pro­vid­ing sup­port to newly ap­proved adopted chil­dren through tran­si­tions.

Over the past year, 11 new fos­ter­ing house­holds were ap­proved

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