Foster families wanted
One in 10 foster children in South Lanarkshire moves home two or more times a year the charity Action for Children has revealed this week.
Children and young people who regularly move between foster care homes are more likely to have poor social skills, reduced education outcomes and limited future employment prospects – impacting on their mental health and exacerbating any existing behavioural and emotional issues.
The charity is warning that too many children in foster care are still being disrupted by repeated moves to new homes.
It has launched an appeal to find thousands of new foster carers to help provide the best homes for vulnerable children at the earliest possible opportunity.
Carol Iddon, director of children’s services across Scotland, said:“For children in care, moving home is not just about leaving a house.
“It means leaving a family, friends, school and everything that’s familiar to start all over again.
“It is impossible to imagine the damage to a child or young person, who has already had the toughest start in life, to have to move several times a year until they find the right foster carer who will stick with them through thick and thin.”
If you would like to find out more about being a foster carer visit actionforchildren.org.uk
You can also call 0845 200 5162 or email fostercare.caps@ actionforchildren.org.uk.