Make your res­o­lu­tion to give a child a home

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - GARY ARM­STRONG

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

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