Ap­peal for more fos­ter car­ers

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents in the Strath are be­ing en­cour­aged to think about be­com­ing a fos­ter carer.

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil is re­new­ing an ap­peal for peo­ple to give chil­dren who are un­able to stay with their birth fam­i­lies a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment to grow up in.

Ad­di­tional fos­ter car­ers are needed, as well as more peo­ple who can pro­vide sup­ported lodg­ing for young peo­ple who are leav­ing care.

A spokesper­son for PKC said: “Wher­ever pos­si­ble, the coun­cil looks to pro­vide place­ments so young­sters can main­tain the links they have lo­cally. The only way this can be done, how­ever, is by hav­ing car­ers in the com­mu­ni­ties around the area.

“Fos­ter car­ers and sup­ported lodg­ings do not need for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions - per­sonal qual­i­ties like a good sense of hu­mour, pa­tience, com­pas­sion and un­der­stand­ing are more im­por­tant.

“Full train­ing and on­go­ing sup­port is pro­vided to car­ers and fees and al­lowances are paid re­flect­ing the level of com­mit­ment and care they pro­vide.”

See www. pkc. gov. uk/ fos­teringadop­tion

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