Foster fam­i­lies wanted

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

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.

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