Make your resolution to give a child a home
Paisley’s Fosterplus is rolling out a campaign appealing for foster carers to provide homes for children coming into care.
For most children, their Christmas lists consisted of toys, games and the latest gadgets.
But for many children in care all they have been asking for is a loving family.
The campaign follows the story of Sophie, one of the estimated 30,000 children in the UK who will come into care over the next year, and will need a foster family.
Fosterplus, who provide fostering services in Paisley, has launched the social media and video campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families in Renfrewshire, and beyond.
Geoff Armstrong, service manager for Fosterplus, said: “The festive period can be a really emotional and unsettling time of year for young individuals in care, so it’s a good time to remind people how they can help a child like Sophie.
“The new year is a perfect opportunity for individuals and families to provide a new start for so many of these children.
The campaign highlights the emotional rewards a career in fostering offers.”
One individual who decided to foster is Irene Conroy, who told us about her experience.
“When I started fostering five years ago, it wasn’t always easy.
“The children had some pretty challenging behavioural issues, but we soon realised that they just wanted to be loved and have people around them that they could call family.
“They saw me and my husband as role models and quickly started to call us mum and dad.”
“Being a foster carer is the most rewarding thing I’ve done.”
Fosterplus, which is based in Renfrew Road, is an independent fostering agency part of Partnerships in Children’s Services (PICS), whose aim as a fostering provider is to ensure that those in their care lead happy, stable, active childhoods that provide the foundations for fulfilled and productive adulthoods.
To find out more about Fosterplus and to put yourself forward as a carer, please visit www.fosterplus.co.uk