Appeal for more foster carers

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More foster carers are needed across Argyll to offer children a secure and loving home.

Argyll and Bute Council is urging people interested in finding out more to get in touch with a view to applying to become a foster carer.

It says there is a ‘variety of reasons’ why foster homes are in such need, either on a temporary basis while plans are made for children’s future or for a longer time if they are unable to go back to their family.

Policy Lead for Social Care Councillor Kieron Green said young people deserve a ‘caring, stable environment’ and is backing the appeal.

He said: ‘Every child deserves to live in a safe, loving home but unfortunately that’s not always possible. That’s why we need people in our communities to help – to give a child a chance. There are a number of reasons why children and young people can’t remain with their families and need to be looked after and accommodated.

‘We need more foster carers to provide these young people with the caring, stable environment they deserve and we are calling on members of the public to help.’

Foster carers can come from a variety of backgrounds. As long as you are over 21, factors including age, marital status and sexuality do not matter.

‘The most important thing for us is that we match the children with people who we believe will give them love and stability.

‘If you are interested and think you could help make a difference to a young person’s life please get in touch,’ added Councillor Green.

Interested? Visit www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/fostering , email FPduty@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 605517 to talk to someone.